Mother and Child sculpture at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Charlotte, NC

Mother and Child sculpture at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Charlotte, NC

“[I]t doesn’t matter whom you love or where you move from or to, you always take yourself with you. If you don’t know who you are, or if you’ve forgotten or misplaced her, then you’ll always feel as if you don’t belong. Anywhere. (xiii)” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach, Moving On: Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance

“I didn’t belong as a kid, and that always bothered me. If only I’d known that one day my differentness would be an asset, then my early life would have been much easier.” ― Bette Midler




“What if we all stopped fighting to belong and realized that we already do? What if we acknowledged, in each interaction with ourselves and with others, the eternal, beautiful interconnected energy that flows between us? What if we recognized our equality and celebrated our differences? Imagine how the world could be.” ― Vironika Tugaleva


“When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.” ― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh


 “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ― Brené Brown

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is about Belonging.

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33 Responses to Belonging

  1. kellie@writingmoment says:

    Lovely! I think the importance of staying true to yourself is not something we necessarily realise when we are children or teenagers, it comes with experience. And I love the Vironika Tugaleva quote! Wouldn’t that be nice 🙂


    • Kellie – maybe as children and teenagers we feel a strong need to belong without understanding that we must still be true to ourselves in the process? Hopefully, as adults, we can integrate these two without too much suffering. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.


  2. asqfish says:

    You answer the question that was lingering in my mind since morning, thank you for a beautiful and soul comfying post.


  3. I like this much! When I was a nomad for several years, roaming the world, I found the true meaning of ‘home’; it’s a place inside. Once you’ve found it, home can be anywhere we go….


  4. The Bette Midler quote caught my attention particularly. Her fabulousness is directly related to her being anything but cookie-cutter. So important to teach this to our daughters obsessed with conforming. A lovely, thought-provoking post with the perfect photographs for the theme.


  5. Beautiful blog on belonging with lovely pictures and great quotes. Absolutely love the last quote — indeed sense of belonging and self acceptance go together.


  6. A really lovely, and thought provoking post, Annette.


  7. That is pretty amazing, love the sculpture piece.


  8. ” Be yourself; everybody else is already taken” ……Oscar Wilde


  9. glendanp says:

    Love the photos and love the blog…..perfect!


  10. Sue Slaght says:

    Beautiful quotes to go with the lovely photos. I think as we age we come into a better sense of self acceptance and comfort in one’s own skin, that we belong. A lovely post.


  11. What a soft and strong sculpture – so much said in this art.
    Thanks so much for your visit!


  12. Lovely sculpture and the quotes are wonderful too. We all do need to feel we belong, don’t we?


  13. jamborobyn says:

    Where have I been all year? Learning about belonging… This is a truly inspiring post. In the last few days I’ve stumbled upon the idea that somewhere during this search for home, I have inadvertently dispensed with the need for it. I have become that home (albeit a sometimes disappearing home, but it’s only early days)


  14. You’ve captured so much beauty. Thank you for sharing your travel joys!


  15. Just remarkable. Not only is your opening quote by SBB something I came to realize in my cross-country transplant to the west coast (It’s not where I go, it’s what I take there: me), the series I’d mentioned was in fact one on belonging. A string of guests shared times/seasons they’d felt they didn’t belong. It was THIS series that had given birth to that one:
    (Feel free to just skim. It’s just to give you an idea.)

    We went around the world in 80 days, with stories from bloggers across the cultural map.

    The reason I went ahead with the series on belonging was the obvious fact that we all feel like an outsider at some point in our lives.

    Loved your quotes.


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