Who is You?

Great news! You are not who you think you are.

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You are not your emotions, your passions, your impulses or talents or dreams. You are not your past. You are not what you think about yourself, or what others think about you.

Why is that great news? It’s because you are something far greater than you can currently imagine. Deep in your being, you are whole and calm. Eternity unfolds effortlessly. Love surrounds and emanates from you. You are a luminous, glorious creature.

Wait a minute, some of you may say. I’m nothing like that! Well, I say that you are. You just haven’t met that self yet, your true self, created and known by God.

I know this because I used to not know it, and now I know the difference. I spent decades running through my busy, noisy, crowded life, having a great time—or so I thought. I was gainfully employed, I had a good marriage and a positive attitude, and I thought I was really living. I thought everyone else needed to climb aboard the Happy Train I was riding and their troubles would be over. Why couldn’t everyone be like me?

Then, a series of small events unfolded that I could not have orchestrated—events that led me to begin to understand myself in new ways. I began to see that my personality, all those emotions and impulses and opinions, was really in charge. I saw that sometimes my happiness steamrolled people who just needed me to listen, to acknowledge their pain, instead of trying to distract them or cheer them up. I saw that I became irritable and critical whenever the world did not serve me as I wanted it to. Ultimately, I got the shock of my life: I discovered that all this positivity was an elaborate survival strategy cooked up by my personality to distract me from the horror I felt at a seemingly arbitrary, violent, scary world.

For some of you, my story will resonate with a strong “Yes, I get that.” For most of you, your personality has taken you on other journeys, into self-doubt, despair, anger, resignation, aloof observation, self-negation and even self-loathing. Each of us has a misaligned compass that points toward what we think is the true north of life. It makes us live beneath our birthright, causes us to settle for fast food and call it great when a gourmet banquet awaits us. Ultimately, it robs us of a deeper relationship with God and even of our destiny.

So, great news! You are not who you think you are. In coming weeks, I will begin to unpack what I have discovered, how I have been set free, and what I continue to learn on this never-ending adventure into the true self. This adventure requires some tools, preferably a few companions, and a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of excavation. It’s a journey of hope and freedom—a journey toward destiny.

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13 Comments

  1. Patty Mitchell on April 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    SO looking forward to reading your thoughts, Heath! Congratulations on the blog!



  2. Heath on April 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Many thanks, Patty! I’ve enjoyed your blogging and feel blessed by your comment.



  3. jamesforsure on April 8, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Well, I think if everyone could be more like me, the world would be a much better place. 😉

    Joking aside, I am looking forward to reading your thoughts Heath. Congratulations on kicking off this blog!



  4. Heath on April 8, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I agree with you, James! Barring that, self-uncovery is the next best plan. Thanks so much for your tech help & support.



  5. pattyobo on April 8, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Thank YOU, Heath!



  6. Pam on April 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    My dear Heath I haven’t seen you in 20 years and you look so beautiful on the outside, I am looking forward to the inside beauty you are going to reveal. By the way this will be the first blog I have ever followed, thank you.



  7. Heath on April 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you, Pam, for those precious & encouraging words! I hope we get to see each other before another 20 years go by. 🙂



  8. Greg on April 9, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Profound and elusive concepts expressed with clarity and simplicity . . . and the sincerity of someone willing to bare herself to her audience. It provided me a mirror somewhat different than I’ve ever looked in before.



  9. Heath on April 10, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Greg, your words bless my heart! It’s comments like those that verify my mission and will spur me to keep writing.



  10. Heather Davis on April 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Well . . . . WOW! Having had the absolute privilege of growing up with this incredible “creature” (my little sister), I must say that her depth is remarkable, her insight DEEP and her Christian conviction the ultimate driving power in her life. My sister, Heath Davis Havlick, is an inspiration to ALL and I am so proud to know you and Love You!!! Heather Davis



  11. Heath on April 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you, my sister! What a joy it was to read your comment. I’ll save it forever!



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