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Putting Yourself in a Box

It’s never been easy for me to fit inside this trunk.

Looking at me, people have called me white. They’ve named me a speaker, poet, and teacher. Some have called me wise, and others have called me a dummy. I’ve earned titles, like eagle scout and bachelor of arts, and I’ve been given awards. I’ve identified myself as a male, I’m a dad, a friend, a brother, son, uncle, and an ex-. There are places I’ve been and things I’ve done; sometimes I claim them and sometimes they claim me. There are times though, none of these stick to me.

It’s never been easy for me to fit inside this trunk.

Learning about personal engagement has let me develop sustainable connections to the things within me that matter most to me. There are defining things and silly things, mostly positively powerful things with some shadowy stuff mixed in too. The place where they sit though? Its not a box, or a mantle, or a pedestal. Instead, its me. They sit firmly, lovingly, wholly in that place within me where things connect in a magnificent sphere of engagement, the place where the whole universe connects to me to. I’ll call that space Heartspace.

Heartspace isn’t a trunk for storage, an alter to worship, or a chalkboard to erase and walk away from. Instead, it’s the nest of self that belongs to you and the world. It’s the reality that makes it necessary to be the change you wish to see in the world, because change begins with you.

Within you right now there are infinite things you are lastingly connected to. They are ideas, feelings, thoughts, experiences, conceptions, intuitions, wisdoms, and realities. These connections, whether you see them as true or false, right or wrong, up or down, are who you are. They simply are. We live them, breathe them, feel them, and know them, day in and out. What we do with them or call them is our choice. For right now, you’re engaged in them.

It’s never been easy for me to fit inside this trunk. But Heartspace? That’s completely different. Home is where the heart is, and for me and you, Heartspace is always there for us. It always fits. Let’s go, now.

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

By Adam F.C. Fletcher

I'm a speaker, writer, trainer, researcher and advocate who researches, writes and shares about education, youth, and history.

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