Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Essence



While visiting Terry, I spent some time with the book, True Purpose. In it are several wonderful exercises to go through in determining why you're here. Through the process you determine your essence, your blessing and your mission. I did not read enough of the book (yet) to speak to anything besides the way of determining your essence, which goes a little something like this...

You are to ask ten trusted people, "What walks in when I walk into a room?" I've only asked three people so far and one said, "efficiency," one said, "light," and one is carefully considering her answer. When she gets around to asking me what her essence is, I will probably say "care," as she never does anything that isn't gentle and careful, something I could learn a few things about. That, of course, would not be all that she is, and not the sum total of her essence, but that for sure walks into the room with her each and every time.

I think I'll ask Woohoo and Rojo what they think, can't wait to hear their answers. It would be interesting to ask someone that you know doesn't particularly like you, but I'm not sure I'm that brave.


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10 comments:

Deb Shucka said...

It's an interesting way to think about people we know or those we're meeting for the first time. Usually what others reflect back to us about ourselves is truer and better than we'd ever allow from our own knowing.

Wanda said...

This is a brave exercise, indeed. I hope you'll share more--I am, after all, a voyeur.

Anonymous said...

You know what I think of your essence.

I wonder what essence you are giving off right now at your appt?

xo MO'N

No need to publish.

kario said...

Very interesting! I like it! Can't wait to hear what the kids think. How about STM?

B. WHITTINGTON said...

Interesting post. Need some time to think about this. Our essence? Ummmm.
Thanks for sharing this.
Barb

Janna Qualman said...

The book sounds wonderful. I'll be checking it out. Thank you!

Elizabeth said...

This sounds really interesting. And scary. I think I know what people who don't like me would say about me. And it's probably a bit true.

Leslie said...

As a woman who has known you since you were a wee college girl, for me the question of your essence is so very easy: SUNSHINE!

Lori said...

When you walk "into" the Internet room, there is love. Introspection. Heart.

Amber said...

I'm gonna do this.

(i doubt you could find people who don't like you anyway.)

:)