I was watching Super Soul Sunday a few months ago and Oprah mentioned it took her three days to answer the question, "Who am I?". She said the question, and the answer she arrived at, was a profound experience.
I then though, well, hell, who am I?
The typical answers came to mind.
I am Kristina Shands.
I am a daughter, sister, aunt.
I am a friend, partner, collaborator.
I am a cheerleader, coach, referee.
I am an activist, humanitarian, advocate.
I am compassionate, empathetic, generous.
I am broken, stubborn, judgmental.
I am kind. I am love.
Yes, I am each of those things. And so much more. But that still didn't answer the question.
Who am I?
It wasn't until I read this quote by Robert Kennedy that it came to me.
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
So, who am I?
I AM A RIPPLE OF HOPE.