Identity


Identity

Identity – Poem on mixed media

Identity:

  • The condition of being oneself, and not another
  • Condition or character as to who a person is
  • The set of behavioural or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable
  • the fact of being who or what a person or thing is
  • Characteristics, definition, defining oneself

Thinking back to how I used to be, and pondering all of what I’ve gone through, I consider myself nothing less than a miracle. The need for the sense of identity is very important to human beings, both on an individual and social level. My identity was so lost and confused in the past, but God has brought me through so much.

I love the passage in the Bible where God calls a prophet to choose a new King. The prophet went to the house of a certain man who had seven sons. When he saw the biggest and strongest son, he thought definitely he was to be the new king. God told him ‘no’. In fact, the answer was no for every one of the sons that this man had presented to the prophet. He then asked the man if he had any other sons, and he said that there was one more, but he was out in the fields tending the sheep. A very humble position at best, for that day and age. When the prophet saw this son, right then and there God said, “That’s the one”. God wasn’t looking at his outer appearance. He was looking at his heart. I love that.

Today, I am comfortable in my own skin. I am sure of my identity, and of what is expected of me. I know that what really matters is how God sees me, and He knows my heart. And He should. His finger prints can be found all over it.

Where, or in what do you find your identity? Are you comfortable in your own skin, and secure in who you are as an individual and within a group?


The above I wrote some time ago, but I wanted to create a new art piece for it.

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53 thoughts on “Identity

  1. We all have our own identities, if we think deeply. It is easy to get lost in this world, but then we need to be happy with what we have and don’t worry much about what others have.

    Great reading the story here.

    • Heyyyyy Diana, how are you? Thank you so much. Sorry for the late reply. Life has been busy. I’m sure you know exactly what I mean.
      Have a great day. 🙂

  2. Staci,
    There was a time, here in the USA, when I tried to figure out what was my identity. Switching cultures is not always an easy thing, as you have yourself experienced.
    What helped me, was holding tight to my identity in God. There is no mistake who I am in Him, no matter where I live, who I talk to, and what I eat.
    Beautiful poem and lovely painting!
    Blessings,
    Dajena ❤

    • Hi Dajena, thank you so much. Oh yes, I do know how that can be. I think I have become more Brazilian now, but I don’t think I’ll ever totally lose my ‘Canadian-ness’. Haha. I also find my identity in God, and not in geographical boundaries or other exterior influences.
      Have a wonderful day Dajena. 🙂 ♡

  3. God is the only constant in life so I too have learned that His identity for me is the best one, the only sure one. Let the wind blow and the rain fall, we are anchored on the rock!

  4. Staci, I love the title of your poem, “Identity”. The art work and the words contained within the poem are lovely. Your posts are always most relevant, especially to our psycho-social development as human beings. As silly as this may sound, I think we are born into ill-fitting skin suits, quite by intention. That intention is the process by which we find our way, taking an easy or difficult path, all in order to discover who we are as individuals and become comfortable with that. I think if anyone tells you they have always been comfortable with who they are and that their skin has always been a perfect fit, well…that I would question. This is marvelous as always, so much to think about. No fluff here! Wishing you a lovely weekend.~ Mia 🙂 ❤

    P.S. Please take good care of your foot! 🙂

    • Mis, thank you so much for your comment and always kind and generous words. Love it when you show up in my notifications. 🙂
      I love that @born into ill-fitting skin suits. I strongly feel that parents have a huge role in shaping that identity. Maybe the breakdown in family structure and values is what is contributing to largely to a lot off the problems we are seeing today. Ex: depression, bi-polar, other mental illnesses, the high increase in suicides, etc.
      Hahaha @No fluff here. I consider that a compliment.
      Thanks again Mis. Always a joy conversing with you.
      Please have a wonderful and productive week.
      🙂 ♡

      • Staci, you’re most welcome, it’s always my pleasure to read your posts. I want to thank you for a lovely reply. I like what you’ve said here, “the breakdown in family structure and values”. I think a huge contributor of this was the women’s lib movement of the late ‘60s. Now this movement has afforded women many remarkable opportunities that otherwise would not have existed. This is an observation, no judgment here, just saying that the changes in the family model have had a huge impact on the things that you have mention above. Women working outside of the home, the increase in single parent homes and the blended family all played their part, contributing to many of the issues that we see today. It‘s my belief that one person cannot do everything well, being spread so thin something has to give and something has to suffer. This may be up for debate, but I definitely believe it was the start of the demise of the traditional family unit.

        Please enjoy your week as well, wishing you great productivity and creativity. Thank you for a wonderful exchange of ideas, it’s such a pleasure. ~ Mia

      • Mia, oh my gosh! I couldn’t agree with you more.
        “I think a huge contributor of this was the women’s lib movement of the late ‘60s.”
        -Yes, I totally agree. I’m not against women working at all. And in this day and age, so many must in order to live. Especially single mothers. A ton of sociological factors come into play with the shift that has happened since the 60s.
        I think that we see the women’s lib movement, partly (ok, hugely) because of how women have been treated in the past. The lack of respect and honour that men have shown toward women definitely come into play. It’s sad really. I think that women were made a certain way, with certain desires and needs, and the same for men. I don’t in any way at all think that the roles that we were made for make either sex better or of higher honour than the other. We were created equally. The problem is that we humans have such a difficult time understanding our own nature. Haha.
        Thank you too Mia, for the wonderful exchange of ideas. Truly appreciate you.
        🙂 ❤

  5. Beautiful message. I haven’t always been so, but today I am very comfortable in my own skin. I have a new perspective on the biblical concept of pleasing God rather than man.

  6. Staci u r just fab 😮
    ‘…it doesn’t matter
    what they think
    If i’m fragrant
    If I stink…’, this is gorgeous, a lovely poem.
    Absolutely, Identity is sacred …but sadly most humans have grown incognizant towards it and mistaken it to inappropriate things
    I love the Bible vestige u put……its touchy 🙂

    U knw it StacI , I admire ur art ….and can easily make out how much time u put in every piece of urs, in bringing the finesse and the flavor …I just love how u brought the heart…the benevolence and ingenious in it………Keep posting friend, have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

    I hope ur leg is far better and healing quick 🙂

    • Ahhhhhh, always so refreshing reading your comments Saaransh. You always say the sweetest things.
      Thank you so much.
      Identity is something everyone struggles with at times, I think. Especially if their upbringing was tumultuous. Mine was, and it was tough breaking down the the crappy seeds that were down into my life. I can truly say that I am secure in who I am now.
      Hough, my foot is healing up nicely, thanks. Soon enough I’ll be running again. Yeah!!!
      Have a wonderful week, my friend.
      🙂

      • Sorry for all the stormy past……and m really glad that u grew up to be such a beautiful person as u r 😀 ….may u have all the pleasures of life
        Its great u healing quick and nice…god bless u Staci 🙂 and keep doing everything u do, love ur work

      • Ohhhh, no problem Saaransh. I’m over it. It is long in the past. 🙂
        Thank you so much. You always say the nicest things. You are a beautiful person too, and sooooo sweet.
        Love your work too. 🙂

  7. This poem is very meaningful to me. For a while, I have been trying to reclaim who I really am, looking to God–looking beyond this world for a change. I would say, I am now becoming who I believe I am, thus becoming free 🙂

  8. Mis, thank you so much for your comment and always kind and generous words. Love it when you show up in my notifications. 🙂
    I love that @born into ill-fitting skin suits. I strongly feel that parents have a huge role in shaping that identity. Maybe the breakdown in family structure and values is what is contributing to largely to a lot off the problems we are seeing today. Ex: depression, bi-polar, other mental illnesses, the high increase in suicides, etc.
    Hahaha @No fluff here. I consider that a compliment.
    Thanks again Mis. Always a joy conversing with you.
    Please have a wonderful and productive week.
    🙂 ♡

  9. Staci, apologies in the delay, I didn’t get a notification. Definitely on board with “A ton of sociological factors come into play with the shift that has happened since the 60s”. You touched on something very interesting, there is an intrinsic nature found in both men and women. I think we spend our entire lives trying to understand exactly what that is and how it applies to each of us individually, all part of the process. Wishing you a wonderful day and thank you as well, always a pleasure to exchange thoughts and ideas. With admiration and appreciation, Mia 🙂 ❤

  10. I see you. I’m happy you found your identity. You’re right it is very important for everyone to have their own identity. Many people struggle with this. Beautiful story (of Jacob?). I’m not 100% comfortable and secure in my own skin, but I’m working on it and I’m much better now than I was years ago. By the way, I love your poem and illustration. 🙂 xx

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