self first, then world

“I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew so well.”
-Henry Thoreau (1817-62)

 

Not self-centered in a way which is inherently negative. What I have to say is self-centered, though- in that this is about the self.

 

 

Looking inward, first- to gain the sort of clarity of vision that allows us to begin looking outward more efficiently.

I can’t look into you, any more than you can look into me. But I have begun looking into myself.

And what I’ve seen, in so doing- I see reflected, like glimpses in shards of mirrors, in the world at large.

 

I believe that each of us has the power, right now, to make the world a better place.

 

To meet the things we don’t like, in our lives and in the world- face to face, and begin putting them to right.

But I also believe that in order to begin doing so, we must first put ourselves to right.

I have wanted, desperately- to help others, for many years. I could not begin doing so in any kind of meaningful way, though- until I was no longer floundering, myself.
So do not be misled by the focus on self, in what I write.
I am endeavoring to use what I have seen, looking into my own self- to begin putting to words things that have largely been more like instinctive understandings in my mind, to this point, with the goal of trying to communicate how others may find ways to look into the heart of their own selves – and begin to heal that place.
Heal what is hurt within you- so you can begin, in turn, to grasp the hands of those around you and help guide them to where they can begin healing, as well.
And so, it will grow.
Self first, then the world. It cannot happen the other way around.

brooke

I spent three years living on the street in Los Angeles. I came out of that, changed. This is my story.

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