On Fridays over here a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s Word Is IDENTITY.

Ready? Go!

What is my identity ?  I can not even try to tell you.  I’m a mother, teacher, hygienist, wife, inventor, writer, artist…the list goes on.

I have no identity until I come in contact with you.  To you I may be a friend, and encourager.  I may be likeable, or unlikable.  My identity may be intelligent, or dumb as a box of rocks.

To some I’m Gigi, Mom, daughter, wife, sister.

I know a lot of things I can do.  But who I am depends on what you need, or what I need.  The situation defines my identity.

The best measure of who I am, is to ask you, Who am I to you?

 I think it is a valid question, from a reasonable point of view.

Part of who I am is a good friend…most of the time.  Do you need a friend?  Maybe for our situation, my identity is, Friend.

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She has written for (in)courage, Allume, The High Calling, Deeper Waters, and Outside The City Gates. She is currently co-hosting podcasts for The Consilium, and creating her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named lil girl. As a retired Dental Hygienist, she enjoys capturing in photographs God’s artwork to share on her blog. She looks for images to give joy and cause you to ponder. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried Shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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