I was out to dinner with a fella a while back, he asked me a couple of very juicy questions:
Who are you?
What do you really want?
I think they were just meant to be those getting to know somebody new kinda questions. I’m not sure I really answered them at the time as the conversation drifted in other directions, but the idea of them stuck with me for months. I felt if I could really answer them, really answer them, then, well, that would be really something.
I’m sure I could easily knock out 1,000 words on the subject but maybe in part because of the influence of twitter, and that desire to present a full idea in a few short sentences; or maybe because I think when you really know something, it’s simple to say, I thought a lot about how to answer those two questions in two sentences.
An answer came to me in the middle of the night this Spring while I was on holidays (downtime makes for juicy output!) and I jotted it down in a notebook somewhere. It wasn’t until now, as I am rebuilding my life, that I thought focusing on the answer to those questions could be foundation to build on as I recreate my life. So I went hunting through my notebooks…
I am a chick who went so deep she got light.
I want to help people follow the whisper of their hearts.
Incidentally I totally stole the whispering heart thing from Salman Ahmad. He did a lecture at Google and said two things that totally captivated me, and put into language something I knew but never knew how to say:
Everybody has a whisper in their heart.
….that whisper in your heart has strength.
It is an idea that grounds and centers me, puts me back on track, much like the Rumi line: There is a voice that doesn’t use words, just listen.
Anyway, that’s it, that’s me, that’s the force of my life – in two sentences. And it’s a great touchstone to keep coming back to as I make choices about what I do (and not-do) from here on in.
More interestingly though, I’d like to put those questions out there for all of you. In two sentences, answer the questions: who are you and what do you really want?
Take your time, it took me months, but when you can answer them, I think you’ll unveil something about yourself you maybe never really knew. And THAT would be something!