Friday, June 8, 2007

Mistaken Identity

Seeds IX, 23

Seed: Mistaken Identity

It’s a case of mistaken identity. It happens to me often. I have a particular winter coat I wear with a luxurious black fox collar. When I wear my hair up, and pull the collar up, there is some sort of glamour that attaches to me. People stop me and ask, “Aren’t you that actress who . . . ?” (They can never remember her name.) I always laugh and say no—it’s a case of mistaken identity. (I call it my Actress Who Coat.)

I got to thinking about this expression the other day and I realized that more often it’s not others who mistake my identity—more often it’s me who mistakes my own identity. Of note, the mistake I make with my identity is to think it’s narrow or limited in some way.

Mistake means to take in error, and it is an error when I limit my identity. The etymology of the word identity is to be the same. Here’s where I take myself in an erroneous way—I assume that I am always the same. Now, both you and I know that I’m NEVER the same. I change all the time. So do you.

The next time you experience feeling misunderstood either from within or without, think on this idea of mistaken identity. You might find that the mistake is your own. If so, go find a mirror and apologize to yourself!

Be serene,

Dr. Susan Corso

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