Saturday, September 30, 2006

I Know I Am

Bloom’s taxonomy: know, understand, apply, analyze, synthesize, evaluate.

I know I’m here, or do I know that? Do I need other people to verify that I exist? Am I like the tree in the forest, that my sounds don’t matter if no one hears me? Many people feel that way. I once was one of them. I am no longer.

I see their need to know they’re here. I see them clutching tightly to unimportant things. They worry over life’s details − milk rings on drinking glasses or crumbs on tables. They fret on a word said that’s not the one they might have said. When a mistake occurs, their first words are, “I didn’t cause it.” How hard it must be to find a place to stand by clinging to such negative things.

I know how to be invisible. I know that it can feel a struggle not to be.

But how do I know that I am?

I know because things I do change things. When I plant flower, it grows or withers. When I smile, people smile back. When I let go, I breathe easier, and others sense that. They relax. I take down walls or build fences. I wipe a tear from a child’s face. I give a hug to a grandmother. I give up a seat on a bus.

I know I am because my very being changes things in the world.

−me strauss Letting me be


Tell No One said...

Thank you for helping me verify, and thank you for not verifying me

ME Strauss said...

Thank yuo, tell no one,
for being a friend that shares who you are so beautifully.

Dawn said...

Being invisible seems like the easy way out. That makes it all about me.

Acknowledging that my being changes things and then owning that - that makes me other-centered and fully alive.

Thanks for the reminder, Liz.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Dawn,
Being invisible, for me, is one step closer to making easy to feel sorry for myself. I agree. It does put me in the center of the universe, even though I think it takes out of the universe altogether. ha! What insight. Thank you.

Janus Torrell said...

What you are is a combination of what you see and believe in yourself

what God sees and believes in you

We are what we are by our actions and how they measure up to our words. For example if I talk about love and procede to hit everyone in the room with a 9 iron it reflects of what I am.

Anonymous said...


This short piece on bbc re ubuntu may be of interest. I think the comments section is especially worthwhile.

Sleepless in Budapest

ME Strauss said...

Hi Janus,
I like your example a lot. We are a reflection of what we do and how our actions measure up to our words. That's lovely. We ar who we are when we're alone and no one is watching.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Sleepless E
Thanks for the article. I've been reading about ubuntu. Would that it's so easy to change a person's thinking and a culture.

Ryan Mc said...

Interesting site, blogexplosion brought me here.

ME Strauss said...

Hi ryan,
Thank you! Hope to see you again!

sarah flanigan said...

Beautifully said. And quite true. I'd say you have a leg up on many people.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Sarah,
Thank you, for stopping by. I don't about being a leg up. I'm just as confused as the next guy, I think. :)