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Journaling Prompts

Fitting In: How important is it for you now, or was it when you were younger, to fit in with the crowd? How did you determine who the crowd was – did you/do you want to be one of the nerds, the jocks, the popular kids?

Standing Out: What is the one thing that makes you different than others – of course, we’re all different, like snowflakes, but what is it about you that makes you stand out in a crowd – a physical feature, a point of view? And how do you feel about standing out and perhaps not fitting in? Is it something you embrace or reject about yourself?

Kinship: What is the value of blood family to you? Does its value supersede that of the family you’ve created as an adult, perhaps by marrying and raising children, or is it the other way around? What are the elements that create a family, if not being related by blood? Who are ‘your people?’

One of these things is not like the others: it’s obvious when looking at a bunch of apples and one banana, but in real life how sensitive are you to things not being exactly ‘right’? Are you more comfortable with things that are familiar to you, or do you long for the adventure of seeing each thing with new eyes? Are you picky about surroundings, food, how you look, etc?

 

 

 

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Music

  • "A Place in this World" -- Taylor Swift 
  • "Everyday People" -- Sly and The Family Stone 
  • "You Belong With Me" -- Taylor Swift 
  • "Somewhere I Belong" -- Linkin Park 
  • "Beautiful" -- Christina Aguilera 
  • "Place in this World" -- Michael W. Smith 
  • "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" -- Ella Fitzgerald 
  • "You're My Best Friend" -- Queen 

 

Quotes

That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
― F. Scott Fitzgerald


I don't even remember the season. I just remember walking between them and feeling for the first time that I belonged somewhere.
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

She didn't belong anywhere and she never really belonged to anyone. And everyone else belonged somewhere and to someone. People thought she was too wonderful. But she only wanted to belong to someone. People always thought she was too wonderful to belong to them or that something too wonderful would hurt too much to lose. And that's why she liked him-- because he just thought she was crazy.
― C. JoyBell C.

I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.
― Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
― Brené Brown

Before, I wanted to say: I found love! But now, I want to say: I found a person. And he belongs to me and I belong to him.
― C. JoyBell C.

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
― James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

The voice so filled with nostalgia that you could almost see the memories floating through the blue smoke, memories not only of music and joy and youth, but perhaps, of dreams. They listened to the music, each hearing it in his own way, feeling relaxed and a part of the music, a part of each other, and almost a part of the world.
― Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream

Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.
― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

[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

Language is the only homeland.
― Czesław Miłosz

I been with strangers all day and they treated me like family. I come in here to family and you treat me like a stranger.
― August Wilson, The Piano Lesson

How could you ever feel comfortable if no matter where you went you felt like you belonged someplace else?
― Mark Peter Hughes, Lemonade Mouth

It's like the song of a family where everything's always all right, it's a song of belonging that makes you belong just by hearing it, it's a song that'll always take care of you and never leave you. If you have a heart, it breaks, if you have a heart that's broken, it fixes.
― Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go

How shall I ever learn who I am when there is so much of me that belongs to someone else?
― Madeline Claire Franklin, The Poppet and the Lune

To a man utterly without a sense of belonging, mere life is all that matters. It is the only reality in an eternity of nothingness, and he clings to it with shameless despair.
― Eric Hoffer

I wonder whether there is such a thing as a sense of individuality. Is it all a facade, covering a deep need to belong? Are we simply pack animals desperately trying to pretend we are not?
― Rabih Alameddine, I, The Divine: A Novel in First Chapters

We all belong here equally...Just by being born onto the earth we are accepted and the earth supports us. We don't have to be especially good. We don't have to accomplish anything. We don't even have to be healthy.
― Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures

Some of us aren't meant to belong. Some of us have to turn the world upside down and shake the hell out of it until we make our own place in it.
― Elizabeth Lowell, Remember Summer

Travel does not exist without home....If we never return to the place we started, we would just be wandering, lost. Home is a reflecting surface, a place to measure our growth and enrich us after being infused with the outside world.
― Josh Gates, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter

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

I had come to a place where I was meant to be. I don't mean anything so prosaic as a sense of coming home. This was different, very different. It was like arriving at a place much safer than home.
― Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

I wonder if ever again Americans can have that experience of returning to a home place so intimately known, profoundly felt, deeply loved, and absolutely submitted to? It is not quite true that you can't go home again. I have done it, coming back here. But it gets less likely. We have had too many divorces, we have consumed too much transportation, we have lived too shallowly in too many places.
― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.
― Brené Brown

A generous heart is always open, always ready to receive our going and coming. In the midst of such love we need never fear abandonment. This is the most precious gift true love offers - the experience of knowing we always belong.
― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Through our maps, we willingly become a part of their boundaries. If our home is included, we feel pride, perhaps familiarity, but always a sense that this is ours. If it is not, we accept our roles as outsiders, though we may be of the same mind and culture. In this way, maps can be dangerous and powerful tools.
― Debbie Lee Wesselmann, Trutor & the Balloonist

Bean could see the hunger in their eyes. Not the regular hunger, for food, but the real hunger, the deep hunger, for family, for love, for belonging.
― Orson Scott Card, Ender's Shadow

They hooted and laughed all the way back to the car, teasing Milkman, egging him on to tell more about how scared he was. And he told them. Laughing too, hard, loud, and long. Really laughing, and he found himself exhilarated by simply walking the earth. Walking it like he belonged on it; like his legs were stalks, tree trunks, a part of his body that extended down down down into the rock and soil, and were comfortable there--on the earth and on the place where he walked. And he did not limp.
― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

There is no ownership. There is only stewardship.
― LeeAnn Taylor

Beauty is the replication and duplication of mind's delusion. It is not uniqueness or exceptionality; it is the mentality of belonging and fitting in.
― M.F. Moonzajer

The weeds of a seemingly learned and brilliant but actually trivial and empty philosophy of Nature which, after having been replaced some 50 years ago by the exact sciences, is now once more dug up by pseudo scientists from the lumber room of human fallacies, and like a trollop, newly attired in elegant dress and make-up, is smuggled into respectable company, to which she does not belong.
― Hermann Kolbe

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, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.
― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

I've always tried to make a home for myself, but I have not felt at home in myself. I've worked hard at being the hero of my own life. But every time I checked the register of displaced persons, I was still on it. I didn't know how to belong. Longing? Yes. Belonging? No.
― Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid.
― Lois Lowry, The Giver


He said it was better to belong where you don't belong than not to belong where you used to belong, remembering when you used to belong there.
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

Sometimes you have to wander around until you find where you really belong. And sometimes it's right where you started.
― Rachel Gibson, True Confessions

Everything might scatter. You might be right. I suppose it's something we can't easily get away from. People need to feel they belong. To a nation, to a race. Otherwise, who knows what might happen? This civilization of ours, perhaps it'll just collapse. And everything scatter, as you put it.
― Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphan

Pack is for comfort when you hurt, I thought, putting my head back down. And for the first time in a long time, maybe the first time ever, I appreciated being a part of one.

― Patricia Briggs, Silver Borne

We live in one world together. It's more important than ever to be friend to all.
― Elizabeth Blake, GreenBean: True Blue Family

You are my home; it is in your loving gaze that I find the comfort, acceptance, and the sense of belonging.
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Just for that moment, I feel as though I belong here.
― Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

When I see individuals so passionate for their chosen field, I feel a very strong sense of belonging. Passion unites us – not just every writer and every chef but every musician, every artist, every man, woman and child who throws themselves into an activity not for money or fame or because it makes any sense at all but because they love it and they must.
― Thomas Brown

I looked forward to making friends at school, but I had come late and friendships had already been formed. I couldn't find my way into their world. They seemed to have a secret code I couldn't decipher.
― Gloria Whelan, Listening for Lions

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