The Poetry of who I AM: For those seeking to know themselves.

In the Beginning...

At the beginning of our lives, whenever that really is, we do not choose, we assimilate, we learn, we copy and we are conditioned to "perform" to someone else's standard. We are trained to fit into the family, the tribe, community.

As time goes on we forget where we came from and soon we are totally inundated with information, insulated, in a way, from who we really are, until one day we get so far away from what we intrinsically and inherently know of or about ourselves that we must be called back to that sense of real identity. This is the poetic view of one mans journey from and to home to date.

I had two reasons for writing this here. 1) Because I was inspired to meaningfully express the calling of my heart and 2) the honest, albeit it admittedly egotistical, the hope that someone here in "radio land" might be standing on the precipice waiting to jump into the most phenomenal voyage of their life. They needed exactly what this hub had to offer to convince themselves they needed to step off the cliff of this realm and into one made (or dreamed) perfectly for them. I hope this helps you see fulfillment right around the corner! Please let me know how you land!

"Know Thyself"
"Know Thyself" | Source

Is this me?

Rev. B. Stuart Noll            -  Alive, well and returning home a few steps at a time.
Rev. B. Stuart Noll - Alive, well and returning home a few steps at a time. | Source

How do I see myself?

Who am I?

Am I not the same strain as I was a millennia ago?

Am I not impeccably resilient energy manifesting expansion and love?

Perhaps…and Am I not the same now as I was then?

Who was I when I was new, and when did I come to know me?

Who was I when what I knew was new to me, seldom seen as wisdom?

And Am I not something more than dust and water forever bound to this plane?

Or has my imagination had its way with me?

I am the elk at Cataloochee

Elk of the Cataloochee Ranch Maggie Valley, NC
Elk of the Cataloochee Ranch Maggie Valley, NC | Source

How about a frog?


Funny, isn’t it, that I can be anyone I want to be

and all I want to be is me, you see?

There seems to me quite often to be a thirst of humanity

to be something other than itself.

Do animals long to be other than what they are?

So why then isn’t being who I Am good enough for me?

Why does the who I AM struggle with the me I desire to be?

It’s plain to see in every human’s tree there’s a me strung out on a limb,

And the further out on the limb I go the further away from me I Am.

I’ve heard it said that knowing yourself is critical to who you’ll become

So, I wonder sometimes if I’m an original or just a carbon copy

Is what I am a portrait of the real me or Am I a duplicate of all the other me’s I’ve been before?

"So what," I say, can’t the me I am be the me I want to be

when the moment arrives that I really do become the who it is I AM?

A break in the action for all the old timers and music lovers who need to go the restroom or hear the question again!

The real you?

The Shadow knows!

This all reminds me to ask myself, who’s in here with me anyway?

As I live this life of flesh and bones I often pause to ponder,

Is the appearance of me identical to the me I think I am?

When I say "I" – who is it? Who is this I - and what does it want with me?

What character does "I" possess that the me I think I am doesn’t know about?

Okay, so I’m now so deep I begin to drown in the cesspool of broken identity

when all I really wanted to know is - who AM I?

The Journey Home

How close are we to knowing ourselves?
How close are we to knowing ourselves? | Source

One with myself

It dawned on me as I was thinking to myself about who I am…or was,

that all this thought about who I am was so unnecessary to discover me.

The only requirement I have to fulfill is one we all can learn.

The power is mine and so it is, with intention, I choose to yearn

To allow the me I think I am to live with the me I’ll be,

To encourage them to coexist in peace and harmony,

To accept them unreserved, both loved unconditionally.

One man's opinion


"With all this said I can honestly say that a weight is removed from my shoulder.

There’s a paradox in living this life, we learn as we all grow older

the price to be paid to know ones self is costly as you’ll see

But take the chance and make choice for your truth will set you free!" - B. Stuart Noll

Peace be with you my friends with joy, happiness and love!

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great thoughts my friend. It has taken me a lifetime to know myself, and I'm learning more with each day that I am blessed to breathe in and out. Hopefully I'll have me all figured out by the time I pass on. :)

blessings always


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you Bill!

Every one of us has something to conquer and when we do life is sweet, but not over. So, every day some new potential is available. You, my friend, are in your sweet spot. Stay in that vortex for as long as you can then, be ready for the next challenge. You've got such a long life ahead yet!

That's good for us because you'll no doubt write about it and that will be exciting!


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ladydeonne 3 years ago from Florence, SC

If you continue with the asking of the question, the answer will eventually show up. Sometimes in the midst of great trial and tribulation, you will learn just who you really are.... the real you will emerge and you will be surprised as well as happy.

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ladydeonne 3 years ago from Florence, SC

If you continue with the asking of the question, the answer will eventually show up. Sometimes in the midst of great trial and tribulation, you will learn just who you really are.... the real you will emerge and you will be surprised as well as happy.

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful read and thank you so much for sharing. I vote up and share.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Ladydeonne!

I agree and so I keeping asking knowing intuitively that the answer is already here and that all I have to do is rendezvous with it! It is such a worthwhile journey I share it as much as I can.

The cool part is, as long as I am asking happiness comes incrementally. I don't have to wait for the final asnwer. As long as I'm asking happiness is breaking like a new dawn.

Thank you for commenting!

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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Eddy!

I greatly appreciate the read, the vote, the sharing and the comment. Offering this part of my life is so fun...damental for me, I am so richly blessed when connections are made. Glad you enjoyed it!

best regards,


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SilverbackGorilla 24 months ago from Harrisburg, North Carolina

Hi Bruce,

Your writing is inspirational. Going through life I lived up to the person that everyone told me I was. I am sorry that I didn't have your writings as a reference or sound board to look at who I am by my own accord. I truly believe that we come into each other's lives for a reason and not by accident. There is a phrase that goes something like this, " there are no strangers, just friends who we haven't yet met." I am so Blessed to have met you last weekend and am able to call you my friend and my brother. Please keep up with your writing because there are plenty of friends who you haven't me yet!

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Born2care2001 24 months ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you Silverbackgorilla!

One of the really cool things about our relationship to me is that I have never felt like a stranger in your presence. Putting people at ease is a valuable characteristic to possess and you are a master. Your empathic ability is a treasure and I'm particularly glad I got to know you and it's a primary reason I would like to know you even better. You see, Steve, inspiration is a two way street. We breathe in and we breathe out. That's how life works and I am so grateful for your support. Let's stay in touch!

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phdast7 23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hello Bruce - Very thought provoking (and good philosophical poetry). I have had almost no time for HP for aout 15 months and this December I am trying to ease back into a healthy involvement. And one of the first tings I read is this piece by you. Very serendipitous. Hope all is well and that you and yours have a Blessed Christmas. :) Theresa

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Mr. Happy 23 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Very interesting topic. Even more interesting is that I wrote a hub on the very same topic two days ago. I don't believe in coincidences either so, I think this is great. Somehow I got here lol ...

More people are expanding their perspectives and digging a little deeper, past the facade, of what they are told/taught ... it's good to question in my opinion. Go and discover!

Awesome, it really is! Thank You for writing this piece. Also Merry Christmas to You and your loved ones and Happy New Year! : )

P.S. I am trying to share the hub but the share button seems to not be working ...

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Born2care2001 23 months ago from Asheville NC Author

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and to all of your family! I know what you me about the "healthy environment." It's so easy to become distracted. One of the reasons I ask myself so many questions is to insure my life is balanced. That is as long as the questions and answers are balanced. LOL.

As always I am grateful for your reading, commenting and being. Your sentiments are important to me as is your health and joy! Stay free!

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Born2care2001 23 months ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Mr Happy!

I love that name! My wife does too! I'll be spending some time reading your hub as I agree, there are no coincidences...or mistakes...only lessons. What I think is really cool is that there are more men expanding themselves all the time and getting in touch not only with their real masculinity but also the real feminine of mother earth. What power vibrational energy is coming from that realization too!

Thanks for the comment Mr. Happy! I am indeed grateful!

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Paradise7 23 months ago from Upstate New York

Very interesting take on an eternal question. Who am I? Why am I here?

I don't think there's any one answer to who I am. People change constantly over time; so do I. No person is static, no person remains as pure and untouched by the world around us and the other people around us as a newborn baby. This is a good thing, or rather a universal thing. We and everything are all entangled. We cannot separate ourselves from the rest of humanity, or the rest of the universe. That's my take on the Deepak Chopra message.

Thank you very much for sharing this poetry and these thoughts with us.

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Born2care2001 23 months ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you Paradise7 for reading and commenting! I so agree that we are constantly changing. All the more reason to be in touch with who we are. Otherwise the change we become would be foreign to us and perhaps we would lose the sense of self in the process.



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Harishprasad 23 months ago from India

Bruce, this is self-knowledge. Who am I ? At birth, everything is pure and crystal clear but after this, a great overlapping takes place. With that all kinds of differences, prejudices and conditionings take place. As a result, we get lost and forget our "original state" or the "self". All struggles, wars and manipulations are the outcome of getting lost in the world.

You have raised this pertinent question at the right time as most of us are in a deluded state. Great thinkers of India arrived at a conclusion that if one succeeds in knowing oneself perfect, there is nothing left to be known in this world. This doesn't mean that one should avoid "worldly knowledge "that is important to nourish the body and keep on the business of living. The worldly knowledge makes us doctors, engineers, artisans, writers and so on, but the self knowledge makes us masters of ourselves. Enlightenment is another name of self-knowledge. Pity that these days, this kind of thinking is treated with disdain. I think, right kind of spirituality takes us to this golden path of knowing ourselves. This hub is really a wonderful one and will arouse a real and great interest in ourselves. Friend, it is great that you touched that pinnacle that we so earnestly are in search of. Loved going through this beautiful and uplifting poetry. Thank you very much.

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