Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. – Ansel Adams
In the search and exploration of our human identity, we ask, “Who am I?”
The person, I, and the being, am, comprise two thirds of our identity, who. Yet how can we resolve the who without a place, where? We are made up of boundaries, we occupy space. When you make a commitment of discovering where you are, then you can bring in the who, the I. It is at this poignant moment that you can then say I “am”.
In the beginning….
We begin in an internal space, the womb, where our identity, our boundaries of who we are and who the other we are dependent on is experienced symbiotically. This physical relationship changes as soon as we exit the internal space and find ourselves “out of our comfort zone” and begin to separate and individuate.
One of the senses we use to experience external boundaries is, proprioception. This sense tells us where we are in space in relation to others and objects. That’s why we (generally) don’t bump into people or things around us.
Beyond the physical….
As we develop physically, we begin to experience our world, internally and externally, emotionally; we have experiences and develop meanings.
The who needs to always know where he or she starts and stops in relation to where the other we are engaged with starts and stops. The who needs to know where he or she stands in relation to the environment in which we find ourselves.
Knowing where I am is crucial to knowing who I am.
Where, as it relates to:
“In strategy formulation we need to know where we stand before we may decide where to go. Knowing where you stand is helpful in knowing your areas of strength to build on them. Equally important is realizing your areas of weaknesses because no matter how strong you are your strength is determined by your weakest “bone”. To know where you stand throws the challenge of knowing also your limitations as well as your limits and boundaries within which to move.”
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Michelangelo
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Viktor E. Frankl
Allow the best you can be
to come from the best place.