14 Mar 2016 · 13:35
It has been suggested that I could get lost in a cardboard box. I suppose I could. It would depend, however, on whose box it was and how much space it held. I wouldn’t want to lose myself in a shoebox, for instance. Unless it held a pair of Ziggy Stardust’s boots, in which case I would not mind. In other words: choose carefully whose shoes you chuck out of the box before you get lost in it.
Orientating yourself when you know from which direction you are coming is one thing, it is quite another being equipped to orientate yourself without it mattering. It is helpful in either instance to have at least one reference point upon which you can rely without hesitation, should such become necessary. It is important to remember that reference points are not necessarily always fixed. They are on occasion in flux. And that is the crux.
It would seem to me that best orientation for each of us stems from where we truly originate, i.e. where we come from. Where our home is. Wherever we find ourselves in the world, there is that unfailing lifeline that will orientate a lost heart and guide it back to where it belongs. The journey home is one that a true heart will not hesitate to take should the need arise for its repatriation. A true heart trusts the call of community.
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11 Oct 2014 · 11:02
Family is what you make of it. It can be anything you like. It is said that you cannot choose your family but you can choose your friends. I am not sure that is entirely true. I suspect that there are instances where it is possible to choose your family. It depends who you are and where you choose to call home.
Every single person on this planet has at one time or another been a part of a family. Whether that family proved to be dysfunctional or not is immaterial. Whether the dynamics were skewed, or the values lacking, a family at base-level inception wants the best for all its members and this means it will pass on its greatest strengths in addition to its weaknesses. It is what a person makes of weakness that determines their future.
Family is a social concept. It works. It is not something that is determined by a name, or a label. It is a feeling. An understanding. Family members get each other. That is how you know you are family. A family celebrates its members. It is not intolerant of them, nor does it try to repress its lessons, if it is wise. What are lessons for, unless to learn from?
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22 Nov 2013 · 07:50
The drive to go home is a strong pull. Every one of us has a sense of ‘home’. We will spend our entire lives travelling there. It is the wild in you that will direct you to your beginnings. That is why it is important to acknowledge your wild. You will take its direction. It is worth realising that ‘home’ for you is not necessarily ‘home’ for your partner, or others in your immediate family. You can all be travelling, simultaneously, to different places. Home is a resting place. You will feel this, it is a knowing. You know when you get there, when you leave. The place in which you live is not necessarily your ‘home’. It depends on how fully you inhabit it.
Home is where your heart is. Your heart is where your truth is. Where you send your head is where you end up. Every time. Home is a sanctuary. Establish early where your ‘home’ is and map the maze that life builds for you around it. Home will be at core. Source. Like a salmon can find its way miles back upstream to its beginnings, you can find your way back home should you need to. Time and again. For some, ‘home’ is that safe place they have in their heads – where there are sunny beaches, rainbows, fluffy bunnies. For others, ‘home’ is their union with another person. It is quite possible to have a relationship deep enough that it takes you both ‘home’. I suppose in an ideal world that level of devotion would be evident in every relationship.
Home replenishes the soul. The starving soul. And at times every single person on this planet has a starving soul. When you hunger for ‘home’, that is when you know. It is visceral. A calling. And it grows larger the longer you ignore it. In fact, your longing for ‘home’ is metastatic. It starts in your heart, then it begins to overwhelm your reason for being and it conquers your conditioning, the will of the system. You become acutely aware of its impatience gnawing at your insides – at the edges of your mind – and at some point, you must obey its call. It is advisable to explain your call to ‘home’ when it comes, before you act on it. Partners can feel abandoned if you should disappear for a time, on a mission to take yourself ‘home’. Children will miss you whilst you are gone. But partners will get over being left, and children will be happy to be reunited with you when you return, refreshed. Going ‘home’ is cyclical. Roll with it.
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