Friday, 14 September 2007

My Sacred Life - A Sense of Self

I have been reading Gretchen Rubin's post @
the happiness project and one of the things she has devised in her pursuit of happiness is "my twelve commandments" (check out the side bar). The first one on the list is to "Be Gretchen".

"Being Patti" has become more and more important to me as I get older. When I was young it was all about joining in with friends and searching, but not always knowing who I really was. Later it was all about raising children and caring for an elderly mother, putting their needs first. In a yoga class years ago while meditating, we were told to ask ourselves the question "Who am I?" I remember not knowing the answer even then and it really bothered me. I was 38 years old.

Since then, I have spent the years decluttering and rearranging my life, I am now finally left with who I am. I know what makes me happy, what nurtures me, what my talents, strengths, weaknesses and opinions are. I know my passions and I know what gives me peace. I also know that there is room for growth and change. This knowing is sacred.


  1. Definitely one of the advantages of age - knowing ourselves better, but always leaving room for that inevitable surprise. Thanks.

  2. What a wonderful achievement Patti - very happy for you. Thank you for sharing this with us!

    I am 38 now and, as I worked in the garden today, realised that I am only just beginning to be the 'real me'. I feel I have to "let the light" a lot more yet still, and move the remaining dross out of the way.

    Joy and Peace.

  3. Oh Patti, there is such wisdom and power in your words! I've bookmarked this post. "This knowing is sacred" indeed. Thank you, my dear!


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