Jul 192013

I don’t always feel like I belong. Today’s post is part of Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five Minute Friday. Each Friday she broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to write for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s prompt: Belong

Where I Feel Like I Belong: A #Fiveminutefriday meditation

My circle-sisters are like family.

My circle-sisters are like family.

I’m a member of many groups, but I don’t always feel like I belong in them. I’m included, but maybe not truly “in.” I’m not part of the lifeblood.

There are groups I choose to be in and groups that I belong to by virtue of a shared past.  There is a true sense of belonging to alum groups, childhood friendships, or groups that were together when x happened. I feel like I belong with these people. We share a bond. It’s not a bond based on us liking each other—though we usually do—or on thinking the same or acting the same. It’s a bond of memory.

Then there’s my family.

I feel like I belong to family

Nothing beats family for feeling like you belong

There’s no question that I belong to my family. I’m part of the life-blood. We share a past and a future. (I have a few friends that I count as family, too.) If I laugh too loud, or talk too much, forget birthdays, they can’t kick me out. Of course, I can’t kick them out either. I don’t want to, though. Family is the place where I find love and acceptance. When I’m with family, I feel like I belong.

Time’s almost up. Where do you belong? Where do you feel like you belong? Tell me in the comments sections.

Five Minute Friday


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  9 Responses to “Where I Feel Like I Belong”

  1. Great pics! We are “family”!

  2. Belonging to a loving family is one of the greatest blessings from God.

    I love the part about “we can’t be kicked out.”

  3. It seems we were both on the same page with this post. Funny, how so many of want to belong but feel we don’t. Welcome to the tribe!

  4. lovely post.

  5. I can relate to not always feeling like I belong. Such a good reminder to cherish those relationships where we do fit!

  6. We just had a family reunion last week. I made shoulder bags with everyone’s names on them. Being married, I no longer share a last name with the majority of those there, but my daughter got a kick out of pointing out that even if I no longer had that name, I was still their “ticket” to the reunion. I guess it was her way of saying that I still belong!

    • Aww Rabia, that’s so sweet. I know my sister-in-law sometimes wonders at the fact that I’ve been a Hedgecock longer than she was. I love the shoulder bag idea. Thanks for sharing.

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