Vignettes in Aging – I Am

I am a senior citizen. I am smart. I am not good in science. I am fun to be with.

Whatever you tell yourself you are, you are. This is a message we learn early in life. “Ruth isn’t good in math, her sister is.” Sound familiar? Fortunately, the truth of who we are isn’t always in our “I am” statements.

As with many things, negative in, negative out and vice versa. If we focus on the negative aspects of who we are and who other people are, we’ll bring forth those negative aspects into our reality. For instance, if you say to yourself, “I am fat,” you will focus on maintaining that which you have said. If you said, rather, “I am a healthy weight,” or “My outside is beginning to match the perfection of my inside,” you are more likely to bring about positive habits that support who you say you are.

It often takes some kind of traumatic situation to shift our negative “I am” feelings. The movie director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor) had a near fatal bicycle accident that forced him to look at how he was in the world. He embarked on a journey to find out how to improve the world and discovered an invaluable lesson about how wonderful we all really are right now. You can see his fascinating documentary “I Am” online (at YouTube for a small fee); it might just help shift the point of view you have of yourself and others.

While you set out to find what is wrong in your world, you may end up finding out what is right in it.

Who are you? Do you need to turn your negative “I Am” statements into positive affirmations?