Who are you? That is the question

Yesterday I was part of the regular Friday Morning group call for Like Hearted Leaders (brilliant if you are a solopreneur or micro business).

We were exploring the question: who are you? 

Having been musing on identity recently, it was great to hear a range of perspectives.

As a poet, I also wanted to play with the different versions of this simple phrase

Who are you?

Who are you?

Who are you?

It makes a difference, doesn’t it? As does how we hold the space for others to engage with this question.

If we have been prepared to dig deeper with this question ourselves – beyond role, function or job title – then we can lead by example. And that can enable others to do the same.

So, who are you?

Gideon Heugh’s gorgeous poem ‘You’ is a gift to sit with this weekend. And even though you have seen it before, let it permeate deeper. It speaks something new to me each time I read it.

YOU

You are a wild and gleeful thing,
nudged by lavish grace
towards all the astonishment,
and nothing can stop it
or you.

You are not a mistake.
The earth aches for your singular life,
for the miracle radiance
of purely, specifically
you.

The shakings and the dark noises
of a man-made world
cannot compete with your hallelujah blood,
your hosanna spirit,
or with the gentle fury of hope.

+ Gideon Heugh, Devastating Beauty, 2018

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿