Are You Interested in Identity? You need to Read “Shelburne”

Do you ever wonder what makes us what we are? Read on!

Four years ago, after an exhausting day at work, I was sharing some wine with a colleague. As we relaxed in comfortable chairs I thought we were enjoying some light-hearted banter. I suddenly realised something was troubling him. I asked him how he felt about work, if the job was getting too much for him, but he shook his head.

Now Stephen was a burly, red-haired man with a beard like Henry VIII. He was not the kind of person you would expect to have doubts about his identity. As we talked, I was surprised to find myself asking him that same question I asked you: “Do you sometimes wonder who you really are, and what other people think of you?” Stephen stared at me for a long time. I thought he was angry, but then he began to talk.

He told me about a strange experience. It was a recurring, powerful feeling, a kind of conviction. His anxiety was affecting his relationship with Sarah. What he wanted to know was, how could he check out the truth behind this belief he had? Would it be possible to find out whether it could have any foundation, to lay the ghosts to rest?

We started to discuss possibilities. He said he felt an enormous sense of relief just to talk about it. For the first time he felt that someone was taking him seriously. What he needed to know now was, how could he go about exploring the issues and checking the facts? The beginnings of a story formed in my mind.

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Best wishes, Robert Blanchett