So one of my journeys this year has involved a large amount of personal growth, and one of the most profound things I learned about was the power of the words “I Am”; at least it was profound to me. If you are a person of faith, I imagine that I don’t have to tell you that God called Himself, I Am, in Exodus. He told Moses to tell the people that “I Am” has sent you. So if God says He is I Am, then how much power do these simple words have to shape our lives? I Am, is not just a statement of truth in this moment, but a declaration of who you will be in the future. I felt this was so important to my understanding of how I have been shaping my life that I had to pass it on.
What I Am’s have I been saying that have been producing in my life…good and bad?
Sometimes things seems so neutral or are said in an offhand way:
“I Am sick of…”
“I Am tired of…”
“I Am expecting trouble from…”
“I Am not good at…”
Recently I had a conversation with a friend that has been only able to get temp work after more than a year of unemployment. I was baffled, she is educated, living in NYC (where there are tons of jobs), and has years of experience in her chosen field. I was baffled, that is, until I realized her I Am. Her, I Am, is “I am discriminated against because I am a black woman”. So while I was out of work for just over 3 months (which if you read back to my earlier blog post was one of my I Am’s), she remains out of work moving from temp job to temp job. I considered my time off temporary. My I Am was that, “I am on sabbatical for 3-4 months”. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise that exactly 3 1/2 months after I left my last company I was employed again.
A smaller I am I have for myself, is a goal I set at the beginning of the year. “I am going to have 100 Instagram followers by the end of 2014″. At the time I had less than 30, as I am writing this I have more than 90.
I can give you example after example, but hopefully you see my point. What are your I Am’s?
I am sharing with you my travels and the means through which I journey through my life and this was a huge step in a new direction. In many ways I am on a road less taken, in the most unexpected of ways. I wavered about whether my friends would want to know about this journey, but in the end I write this blog as much for myself as I do to share with you. Hopefully, you find something in this post of value…
Next up New Orleans!