What’s Your Place? Such a simple question. . . If you look deep enough into it, discoveries about yourself erupt, surprisingly. What’s Your Place is much more than a question about one’s physical, geographic location. It can also transport you to mushing around in deep philosophical questions concerning your authentic self, along with questions about the what, why, how and when of your lifelong pursuits.
So what do we really mean when we say we would like to find some balance in our lives? It is, of course, different for everyone. The person stuck in multiple dead-end jobs, trying to make ends meet, could use a wage increase, sick leave, vacation time, and personal and parental time off – to get back to a calming mind.
The tortured artist needs a little peace. The insomniac just needs a good night’s sleep to balance out his energy. The elusive “life balance” – where is it located? How can anyone discover it?
All I remember is carrying this heavy book up and down the stairs until we got it – that was how it was drilled into us. The ones who could easily carry the good book, because they were more athletic and stronger, typically learned the prayers faster, being unencumbered by the exhaustion clouding the thoughts that some of us weaker ones were feeling.
Do you want to pick up as much knowledge as you can, or do you get tired when you have to study something that challenges your thinking and decide not to pursue learning because it is too much of an effort and you’d rather watch TV or do nothing significant?
While I have always been a highly introspective person, I never thought my introspection would grow more prominently into old age. I assumed (never assume) that by now – at 64 – I would have it all figured out and there would be less of a need to be looking inward and more of a desire to increasingly play cards with other people near or in retirement. Boy was I wrong!
I don’t know where to start when attempting to describe the work of the late American Psychologist James Hillman, who has had a great inspirational effect on me. I learned of him a few years back though reading Thomas Moore’s work, a good deal of which has been influenced by Hillman.