Recently, one of our newest members Liz Tedesco gave a moving ice breaker. We’ve decided to share this memorable speech here, so that other people can enjoy it.
Ignorant before the heavens of my life,
I stand and gaze in wonder.
Oh, the vastness of the stars. Their rising and descent.
How still…As if I didn’t exist.
Do I have any share in this?
Have I somehow dispensed with their pure effect?
Does my bloods ebb and flow change with their changes?
Let me set aside every desire, every relationship,
except this one, so that my heart grows used to its farthest spaces.
Better, that it live fully aware, in the terror if its stars,
than, as if protected, soothed, by what is near.
–Ranier Maria Rilke
As I prepared for this ice breaker speech, one in which I’m asked to introduce myself to you that you might get to know me better, The question occurred to me, who am I, really??
Some say I was born of the Great Creator, the Divine, the Great Spirit in the Sky. Others still preach evolution, Darwin’s theory that homo-sapiens evolved from the sea.
Who Am I?? This question, I believe, has been pondered deeply since the beginning of time.
19th Century philosopher and scientist Rene’ DesCartes penned, “I think, therefore I am..”
The Buddha states “I Am the miracle.” Jesus the Christ is quoted as saying: “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Heck….even Popeye said “I yam what I yam!”
The universal question posed to ALL of humanity throughout life.. Who am I. (statement)
I jumped out of a perfectly fine airplane at 14,000ft. on a dare. Why? Because it was an opportunity to fly like a bird, see how a bird sees, soaring, free-falling at 200 mph, watching the earth rapidly approaching, then putting my legs out and gently landing upon the ground.
I am a self taught pianist who started playing at age 36 and within 7 years was teaching full time, performing throughout the community raising money for various non-profit organizations, and composed and recorded a CD of solo piano pieces.
I can tell you that I love photography, art and music. That I get lost gazing at the night sky. that I seek solace in the beauty of nature, that I have been, and always will be, drawn to the healing qualities of the outdoors especially when I am in, on or near a body of water…a lake, stream, river or ocean.
I can tell you that I am kind, thoughtful, caring human being who walks this planet in search of peace and harmony….Who Am I??? (question)
I am told, and I believe this to be true, that I am a child o9f the universe. Made up of the same “stuff” that the stars are made of. That my body is 67% water, the same as the proportional make-up of the earth itself..
I am told, and I believe this to be true, that I am one with ALL of nature, ..All that is. That I am one with the dog, the flower, the human, the trees. Where everywhere I look I see a reflection of myself. I am one with the bees,…who pollinates the flower…that grows from a seed, …planted deep in the earth. And when I savor the golden elixir, this honey, like silk down my throat,…I recognize the essence of all of tis magnificent energy flowing through me—and suddenly—I AM the bee, I am the flower, the earth, the pollen.
Woman am I…Spirit am I…Daughter, aunt, sister, am I.
Who am I?? Who am I. All this I am.