BECOME PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF
There is something intrinsic in our nature that yearns for family – a “connectedness.” In math, connectedness means “all one piece.” Humanity is connected in that we are all humans. We can choose to live disjointed, separate, aloof from the world around us ... but that does not mean we are not connected. We can no more divorce ourselves from humanity than can snow separate itself from water.
We do have a choice, however. We can choose to live only for ourselves, which results in a self-centered, self-absorbed, basically unhappy life. Focusing only on self will result in a distorted view of our personal value and worth. Self-absorption has a way of tainting our eyes – everything appearing too rosy or too bleak; viewing the world around as perfect or doomed; or relating to others behind a mask, steeped in fear or with unabashed cynicism, gullibility or control.
On the other hand, recognizing that we are all part of a whole, that we have value and worth, that what we are and what we have are needed and necessary, enables us to live. To truly live beyond ourselves – connecting to something larger that can expand and satisfy.
Other choices then present themselves. We can take of what we have, our gifts or belongings. Say, for example, we have a fish and we feed a person. Say we do this day in and day out. The person gets fed and we feel needed in that we have been helpful. We might also feel used if the person lingers. Nevertheless, we have impacted this person’s existence – we fed him.
Now take it another step and teach this same person how to fish. We have empowered this person. He is no longer dependant upon us for his daily fish. Now he can fish for himself. He can fish for others. We have connected ourselves not only with this man, but with the community that he will in turn impact.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” - Ancient Chinese Proverb
First Steps - A place called "there" ...
At some point, you will have to step back and evaluate where you are and where you are going.
If you feel disconnected then you may want to take a look at why. We can help you do this. We can help you take the first steps to connectedness.
On the other hand, perhaps you are seeking opportunities to connect - to help feed others from your supply. We can also help you to take those next steps.
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A place called there …