Is that ALL That You Yam?
“Are you using ‘I am what I am’ as an excuse for being less than you can be?”
“I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam.” One of the most famous lines ever delivered by a philosopher or comic book character!
I thought maybe I’d give you a little background on what made me write that down, or maybe I’d give you a little encouragement along the lines of “be all that you can be.”
But I think you know what it means. I think you know that you are more than a “simple sailor” or a simple ANYTHING. I think you’re looking for access to your deepest, biggest, awesomest self. Just like I am.
And just like I do, I’ll bet sometimes it’s tempting to say to yourself, “I am what I am, I can’t be more.”
So instead I decided I would share with you an exercise one of my coaches asked me to undertake. To write a list of “I Am” statements – and use them as a challenge, as a way to raise the bar and as an incentive to accelerate the pace of the game.
I took that exercise beyond the usual “I am a writer, I am a coach, I am an animal lover, I am a small-town girl transplanted to a life in the city…”
I asked myself, “What are you really, if you were no longer any of those things?”
A unique arrangement of universal matter. I have never been and I will never be again.
I am the seed and the soil, the rose and the rose hip. In everything that I am is everything that I was and everything I can ever become.
I am more cat than dog, more spirit than reason, more complex than complicated, more portal than seeker.
I am a muse, amused and sometimes amusing.
A studier of all people and an imitator of none, an admirer of many and a worshiper of none, a respecter of all beliefs and married to none.
I am a safe haven where my friends can laugh, cry, be silly, be hysterical, dream or do.
I am challenged by limiting myself to this plane of existence, not limited by the challenges of this plane of existence.
I am powerful, I am afraid, I am stubborn.
I am blessed, I am thankful, I am humble.
I am a free-form work of art, freely forming anew every moment of every day.
Even that isn’t ALL that I am. Because like you, I am more than I can guess, dream or comprehend. I am always becoming what I am, and the more that I become the more that I can be.
Today I challenge myself (and you) to keep becoming – to live from possibilities, not within limitations.
Share your “I AM” statements in the comments – we can ALL inspire one another to BE more.
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