I recently heard someone ask a deep and interesting question: What space do you occupy? There was no explanation to what the question meant or intended; it was simply asked and left to simmer.
Is it a question of proximity? Or maybe a philosophical musing? So as I tend to do I sat down quietly and unleashed my Achilles heal: my mind.
What space do I occupy?
In my mind, the question pertains to the concept of what one is accomplishing with one’s life. As in, what difference are you making in the world? What is your stamp on life? It is my belief that each person is a small piece to a universal jigsaw puzzle. We each must express our uniqueness to the world so that the world is complete. And without each individual expressing their uniqueness, the world is incomplete; much like a puzzle with missing or duplicate pieces.
So I ask you the same question. What space do you occupy? What are you doing in this world to make a difference? What uniqueness are you expressing to help complete humanity?
I believe one person can make a difference. I recall a quote:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
The “evil” referred to my Burke is not necessarily the devil or demons or dastardly deeds. Evil in my understanding takes on a much more universal, human-condition connotation. Evil can be seen as a person never experiencing the joy of fulfillment or the lack of love in one’s life. Much like darkness is not an actual thing, but a condition in which light is not present. So in this context the only thing necessary for someone to never experience true fulfillment is for them to do nothing.
What space do you occupy?
Are you hiding your unique talents? Are you running from a calling? Do you feel that you are meant for more or meant to do something meaningful?
I love this question so much. It allows my mind to run rampant with thoughts. Most of the time I talk these types of things out while I walk the dog. I enjoy talking out loud to process philosophical thoughts.
Many adults identify themselves with what they do for a living or being a parent or being a socialite. At speaking events I cannot wait to get through speaking in order to get to the Q&A, so that I can ask questions of those asking questions. One of my favorite questions to ask is, “Who are you?” Those with kids usually begin their answer with “I am the mother/father of 2 beautiful boys.” And the rest of the answers vary greatly. But each time I ask this question the person pauses for a considerable amount of time. Much the same way a kid will stop and process math in their head. You can see the person thinking. I like to ask this question because the first thing out of their mouths reveals what that person considers the most important thing in their life.
What space do you occupy?
If humanity is like a giant jigsaw puzzle and each of us displaying our unique talents and characteristics are the pieces, then what uniqueness are you expressing? I have talked in the past about conformity and how it is necessary in human development, but that we take it too far sometimes and dull down individuals. I am not sure why we make fun of those that are different. And I have no clue why humans desire to make everyone the same.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
But, I do know that it is important for each of us to take time and contemplate our lives. I believe we must figure out what is it that we are here to accomplish. What is your piece to the jigsaw puzzle? Should you be expressing yourself through your art or maybe writing? Maybe your gift is poetry? You might not know yet and that is okay. The important thing is to always be seeking, learning, experiencing and expressing yourself.
What space do you occupy? What are you doing to complete the picture of humanity? What difference are you making? What will be your legacy?
Something to think about on a beautiful Friday morning! I hope everyone has a safe and joy-filled weekend!