Belonging is Biological

Refreshing back to a poem I wrote in 2020. I was musing about belonging, as I often do today. So much of the human journey and path that compels is about creating and inviting belonging. Belonging with people. With place. With life flowing and changing.

Offered today for some inspiration.

Belonging Is Biological

It occurs to me
that human beings seek

It’s not just emotional comfort,
though that can be just right, some times.

Belonging is biological.
It is inherent need,
just as is water, food, and rest.

It’s the belonging of being on a team,
or a committee,
or in a community,
or a family,
or sometimes a random moment of sharing a park bench with a stranger.

It’s the belonging, not just for talents exchanged,
but rather, where we discover
and grow our gifts,
our inherent and innate gifts,
so as to offer them,
and to be witnessed as contributory.

Belonging isn’t transactional,
though that can be helpful.

Belonging is irrepressible biological 
human instinct and contribution
that brings irrepressible and life-affirming fulfillment.

It occurs to me that that matters
and underlays so much of what is contemporary
deep human discouragement, and,
deep human yearning and fulfillment.

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