In a world where we seem to be reduced to national insurance numbers, and computerised, digitised, we can sometimes feel ‘small’. It’s easy to lose sight of who we are, and what our purpose is.
We might read about valiant Celts – Boudicca for instance, is one of my favourites – and look back wistfully at those times of old, but then wonder where we fit in, today?
So, who are you? Really? I mean, deep down ‘inside’, who are you? Rather mystical, eh? But, important!
According to the 2011 Australian census, some 65000 people believed they were Jedi Knights, at least that was their declared religion. However, that pales somewhat in comparison to the 2001 UK census, where 390000 people listed themselves as Jedi Knights. I feel the Force has weakened in the UK in the last few weeks!
So, are we the product of evolution? More!
A mass of chemicals? More!
Mind and body and spirit (or are you ‘one’, and those are aspects of the real ‘you’)? More!
Loved by the Creator of All. Yes!
However you feel now right now, maybe a bit ‘washed-out’ after a long day at work, take heart from the words of Frederick Buechner who says, ‘You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.’
And, you are more than you appear to be. Juan Ramón Jiménez, put it rather succinctly and profoundly when he wrote:
I am not I.
I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
who remains calm and silent while I talk,
and forgives, gently, when I hate,
who walks where I am not,
who will remain standing when I die.