Include Yourself

BY BOB SHENEFELT

 

I feel great sadness when I see someone who's not included. When I don't feel included. When I feel alone. I've worked hard to include others in my life, almost to the extent of excluding myself. What do I mean by that? I'm looking too much outside, so sometimes I ignore the inside. I absolutely seek to be heard and have a chance to speak. And I'm learning as I'm creating a safe space with others and practicing that, I'm learning how to have a safe space with myself. What if I include myself in my thoughts, fears, dreams, what if I listened -- what if I don't beat myself up for dreaming, or being afraid. I feel a key to community is to include others. It starts with me. I'm including myself. I'm Bob Shenefelt.   This is iMatter.