You are not a woman or man.
You are not a wife or husband.
You are not a mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, brother, friend, lawyer, teacher, Christian, Jew, American.
Yes, these are all a part of you—
However, they are not you.
You were you before each of these.
You would be you without these.
You will be you long after they, or you, are gone.
You are a spirit.
You are a soul.
You are a spark of the Divine.
You have come from somewhere profound.
You will one day return to the source from which you came.
You are here, for now, in this world, but not of this world.
And you have a job to do.
Your holy task is to live your unique journey.
Your sacred duty is to walk it wholeheartedly.
Your ultimate purpose is to be authentic, speak your truth and share your love.
Your divine job is to fully, freely and fiercely be you in all that you do.
And to share you with all who are with you.
And if you don’t know who you are then:
And leave you.
Leave you upon all that you touch, with all whom you encounter and in all that you do.
Leave this world more beautiful, peaceful and loving because you were here.
Leave your life knowing you completed your work because you were you.
Leave your legacy to those whom you love.
Leave your light for those who will walk in your footsteps.
Leave knowing that one day they will be reunited with you.
This is who you are.
This is why you are here.
This is what you were meant to do.
This is you.
Author: Rabbi Dr. Baruch HaLevi
Image: Used with Permission from Penelope Dullaghan
Editor: Toby Israel