“Hey, we’re making music twice as good.
By playing what we’ve got!”
~ Shel Silverstein, Ourchestra, Where the Sidewalk Ends (p. 23)
In this century we are all connected somehow, and for many of us, those connections are everything. We can’t seem to get away from the pull of needing to belong.
I can be, from time to time, on that hamster wheel of keeping up. Doing all of the surveys so I’d have something to say about it when asked, binge watching all of the shows, signing up for the deals and the offers, liking, posting, seeing who was liking me, replying and sending to 10 friends, donating to birthday causes, participating in group studies, circles, offering to sponsor events, adding my name to a cause because I knew most of the others who signed.
I find myself making sure I am seen, liked, and ‘shared’. I want to have what it takes to really belong in all situations and scenarios. But, if I can’t remember why I am ‘there’ in the first place then what is the purpose? If I don’t have the why, I need to let go, sit back down, and wait until I have it again. Then I can stand up and move forward.
The simple truth is – it doesn’t take all of these social connections to be centered. We belong to our soul, our journey, only our space. We need to center ourselves in what gives us balance and peace and direction. Once we’ve found those, we belong.