Do you belong? I belong to many things, but do I really have a sense of belonging? What is belonging? A sense of belonging is essential to our human psyche, but I think each of us require different levels of belonging. Belonging to a group gives us esteem but can also make us targets by others. Belonging gives us a sense of community, a connection with others.
Our sense of belonging may be stronger for one community than another. I consider myself a citizen of the world, though admittedly, I haven’t seen all that much of it – saving it for retirement, I guess. I am also a citizen of the USA. I belong to a group called American. I belong to other groups as well.
Where I get my strongest sense of belonging is among those that accept and love me. I suppose you can call them family, even though they aren’t all related to me by bloodline. So, is belonging a matter of acceptance? Is it a matter of deep connection? I think so.
Belonging can provide us with a sense of self, a measure of who we are. I ask you to remember that no matter what group or community you belong to, you are unique in your own way. You can still belong and still be a true reflection of yourself. Find your talents, reach for your dreams — who are you to deny the world your special gifts? You belong to the world and the community that it represents. You belong to the Creator and Master of the Universe.
Take care, stay well, and be safe.