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*“If I am I because I am I…”*

May 8, 2014

The post below is by far the most read post of any published here at the Spinning Rabbi*.  Every day, people from all over the world visit the site to read it.  So it’s time to publish it again with a little update, for those that don’t remember it or have never seen it.

See what it means to you and why you think it is so popular.


“If I am I because I am I, and you are you because you are you, then I am I and you are you. But, if I am I because you are you, and you are you because I am I, then I am not I and you are not you”. – R’Mendel of Kotzk

Simply stated, what that means can be summarized by

“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde.

While that’s correct, let’s look a little deeper and ask why be you. If your life has a purpose (and it does) then you cannot find and fulfill that purpose without you being you. Your value to yourself and the rest of us, is the unique you. There is no one else like you and therefore no one else can fulfill your purpose. Giving and sharing that unique you matters.

You are not just matter. It is you that matters.

“If I try to be like him, who will be like me?” — Yiddish Proverb

“If you want to be original just try being yourself, because G-d has never made two people exactly alike.” – Bernard Meltzer

“If G-d had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 “If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” – Billie Holiday

 “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney

 “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton

Heart and Soul

* published and updated for the third time


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    August 18, 2019 12:00 pm

    Inspiring! Thanks, Fred, for always sharing so generously.

  2. gloria permalink
    May 8, 2014 4:44 pm

    This is so true. It came at a perfect time for me.

  3. Barbara permalink
    May 8, 2014 12:33 pm

    Thanks for publishing this again. A wonderful reminder.

  4. May 8, 2014 11:54 am

    Fred, there truly is only one Fred Fox. Thanks for being just who you are, we’re all blessed to know you.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      May 8, 2014 12:41 pm

      I takes a lot to embarrass me and you got there:)
      Thank You

  5. Joy permalink
    May 8, 2014 8:58 am

    Thank you for this post today!

  6. gooddogbill permalink
    May 8, 2014 8:14 am

    Thank you, Brother. On a morning with my head filled with crankiness over ultimately silly things, this brought a bit of peace.

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