1. Annie
    Apr 11, 2017 @ 11:46 am

    Salina you rocked this topic of longing for belonging! Beautiful story of God getting you from then to now! I LOVE what you said…”It’s not up to others to decide if we belong! It’s up to us! And we already belong anyway”! What an amazing concept this is‼️I’ll definitely be putting this one to use! THANK YOU for sharing!!
    Annie Sorensen🌺


    • Salina Christaria
      Apr 11, 2017 @ 4:50 pm

      Thank you, Annie. Now if only I can practice what I preach! That’s where the real rubber meets the road.
      For so many of us, our default mode is “I don’t belong” so we need to change that to “I do belong” and reboot our operating systems.
      Hopefully with enough corrections and reboots we’ll start to actually FEEL like we belong. Until then, I plan to simply choose to believe what doesn’t feel true until it DOES feel true. ~ Salina


  2. Sal Cresci
    Apr 12, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

    Hi There,
    Your post took me to a place of humanity. I believe we are wired to belong, we are wired to be communal. It goes all the way back to survival. The world today looks very different from the days when we were cave dwellers, but our basic instincts are intact. So I see our desires to belong are instinctual. One of the ways I learned to feel belonging, or a part of, was to contribute, add to, or volunteer. Without thinking about belonging, I make myself a part of, or included. Yes belonging is one of the characteristics that seems to be synonymous with humans and animals alike. I agree with your sister, it is a choice.


    • Salina Christaria
      Apr 13, 2017 @ 9:41 am

      Hi Sal. Well, shoot, if even cave dwellers understood they already belong, you’d think I could get it through my thick neanderthal skull. 🙂
      Your strategy of feeling belonging through intentional participation is a wise one. It really does help, but you are so right – there is also a huge element of choice involved.
      Thank you for sharing your wisdom. ~ Salina


  3. Addie
    Apr 12, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

    So very interesting how you and your sis had differing perceptions of the same reunion. You belong! You have so much to contribute.


    • Salina Christaria
      Apr 13, 2017 @ 10:27 pm

      Hi Addie. Can you believe it took me over 20 years to see things from her perspective? I always liked school, but wow am I a slow learner sometimes! Thank you for believing I belong. ~ Salina


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