Find Your True Self…Finding Your True Identity

If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out Who I am. C. S. Lewis

Are you trying to find your true self? Are there certain things you know about yourself and that have always made you who you are? Yet, do you find yourself surprised by things you learn about yourself?

Some of us know who we are and have known what we want to be “when we grown up”. Some of us have an idea of what we want to look like. Some of us have no idea what we want or who we are.

You will have to read my book to get the full account. Room does not permit sharing everything in today’s post. But here are a few things my near death experience taught me  about each of us no matter where we are in the spectrum of finding and knowing our true self:

  • We are each unique
  • We each made promises to God about what we would do with our life
  • We each have been blessed with gifts and talents that are meant to be shared with the world
  • We each have an innate desire for growth and learning

One thing that I hope more and more people will understand is that heaven honors us for our individuality. There, it doesn’t matter whether we have one talent or a multitude of talents. What matters is that we honor that talent by expressing it.

Today, I am sharing a couple of stories of well known personalities who knew what they wanted to do and worked through difficult times in order to share and utilize the talents they were blessed with.

As you read their stories, I hope you will reflect on your own situation. Have you been inclined to give up when life presents obstacles or have you been determined to allow your heart to guide you? Do you have talents and accomplishments that are waiting to be shared with the world? Who are you meant to inspire? What amazing you is meant to come to fruition? I hope you enjoy!:

Jim Carrey

When Carrey was 14 years old, his father lost his job, and his family hit rough times. They moved into a VW van on a relative’s lawn, and the young aspiring comedian—who was so dedicated to his craft that he mailed his resume to The Carroll Burnett Show just a few years earlier, at age 10—took an eight-hours-per-day factory job after school to help make ends meet.

At age 15, Carrey performed his comedy routine onstage for the first time—in a suit his mom made him—and totally bombed, but he was undeterred. The next year, at 16, he quit school to focus on comedy full time. He moved to LA shortly after, where he would park on Mulholland Drive every night and visualize his success. One of these nights he wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 for “Acting Services Rendered,” which he dated for Thanksgiving 1995. Just before that date, he hit his payday with Dumb and Dumber. He put the deteriorated check, which he’d kept in his wallet the whole time, in his father’s casket.

J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.

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