"I Am..." Exercise

In 2010 I had the amazing experience to be mentored by Angela Baker.

One of the most defining tasks she helped me through was completing my "I am statement".

Is it possible to sum up who you are with one statement?
Will you take the challenge? And please let me know how it goes!

The Process:

  1. Write everything you can about yourself: who you are and who you want to be- until you can't write any more. 
  2. Simplify the basic themes into one paragraph.
  3. Simplify the paragraph into one "I am..." statement. 
  4. Everyday for one month carry a 3x5 card with your statement on one side and your paragraph on the other. Read and ponder it daily.

My experience:

It was overwhelming to begin, but once I began the words and ideas kept coming about who I am, my dreams, hopes, and desires. I ended up with about 6 pages. I felt guided by the spirit of God as I wrote about who I am and who I am meant to be. I wrote about dreams that have always been apart of me. There was also parts where I wrote things that surprised me.

It was work to simplify it to a paragraph- the hardest part for me. As I re-worked it over and over and played with the words until they felt right....my "I am" sentence settled into my mind. The words for my "I am" statement were not my own, words I had never written before- but they encompassed all I had written.

My statement was a gift and it is: I am a mirror of His love.

Knowing this about myself, and experiencing the process in which I received this revelation has been illuminating. This one simple statement is packed deep with meaning for me. As I pondered on it regularly, I dissected the words: for me that meant studying about light, reflection, mirrors, and God's love, etc.

Everyone has a personal life mission that is meaningful and fulfilling. This "I am..." exercise is a great way to learn more about our own identity and purpose.

Try it! and Tell me about it! 
Who are you? What was the hardest part? Did you write anything that surprised you? When the time came did your "I am" statement reveal itself with clarity?