…have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart and a humble mind. (1Peter 3:8 NRSV)
As this week ends, I am still thinking about the question of who.
And the word itself, made me wonder, why did a music group call themselves “The Who?” Why wasn’t the famous Doctor of time travel named Dr. What or Dr. Why or Dr. How? (Ludicrous, I know, but if you think about it, he wouldn’t be so endearing with any other name besides, Dr. Who.)
Who is personal. Who offers us an emotional connection. Who can be individual. Who can be communal. Who can be exclusive. Who can be inclusive. Who we are informs how we experience life and interact with each other.
Answering the question, “Who am I?” can influence our well-being, for good or for harm, depending on what we believe about our “who-ness.” Believing in yourself is key, and even more affirming when others believe in you, too.
In Horton Hears a Who, a whole community is saved. Horton’s compassion compels him to defend these “other” world beings at his own peril. The others refuse to believe Horton, just because they didn’t hear or notice what he did.
Dr. Suess, was a great champion of the who, both individual and communal, in his stories.
Here’s a quote from Dr. Suess that always makes me smile:
Today you are you!
That is truer than true!
There is no one alive
Who is you-er than you!
How are you celebrating you and the other “whos” out there? In what ways are you being a champion for others?
Journal Prompt: Finish these two phrases. I am . . . I am not . . .
After you finish responding to the prompt, reread what you wrote down. What surprises you? What do you notice? What are you aware of?
Come back on Monday to explore the next question word: WHAT!