Who Am I?

This is something that I’ve struggled with and probably will until the day I stop breathing! I am not my name, my career or my credentials – how do you describe yourself when asked who are you?

Do we know who we really are?
Who drives your car?
Is it the hands on the wheel,
Or your nerves of steel?

The eyes constantly watching
The mind concentrating
Your feet ever pumping [manual]
Or the parts that make you whole?

Your consciousness or soul;
Is it your friendly kindness
or your angry blindness
Or your own intuitive compass?

Please make the space
To see if you can trace
Anything deeper than your face?
Investigate slowly, don’t race.

My guess is we are not the whole
Nor the many parts, even the soul.
This body is just on loan
Soon it will decay into loam.

Impermanence we will know
Friends and possessions can’t go
Only the good and bad imprints we sow
Spiritual practice helps the flow

Next time your driving
Be grateful that you are thriving!

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How do you describe yourself when asked who you are?


  1. Lovely … and yes very Anthony de Mello type questions. I think the Who am I question came to me meaningfully when I was attending a Management Training session – you know the ones companies frequently have. Everybody without exception there answered ‘To be a CEO’ as a life goal. I was a CEO and that had never been a goal for me. It just happened. I realised then “I” did not really want to be in the commercial world that influences you to think you are your position – put Manager, Sales Rep, Clerk, CEO next to your name ?!! People thought I was crazy when I retired early but “I” am more than my job, my title, my possessions etc etc.

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  2. This is a wonderful question. I don’t get asked this question very much if at all. I suspect it’s because I exude confidence. Most people figure what they see, hear, and feel about me is me.

    That would be a 10-4!

    Here’s a link to a similar post on my blog which asks the question: WHO Are You? It’s a cinch if we don’t know, who does????



    • I doubt I lack confidence, I just don’t fit into any one box and that confuses people! People don’t like their norms challenged, they prefer things to be tidily labeled.

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    • Thanks TD, what do you say when someone asks who are you? Not the details but what you include in your answer eg name, age, occupation? I really have no idea of what they are actually wanting to know … sometimes I’ve said I’m a human being …

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      • Me too! Especially when I feel the person is stuck-up or pretentious and wants to know what I’m doing in case it could be useful for them…
        I haven’t been asked that a lot lately, I guess because I haven’t been to many parties or have met many new people… but a good answer is always a question: what exactly would you like to know?

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