“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.” ― Neil Gaiman
There are parts of yourself that belong to no one else.
They don’t belong to your parents. They don’t belong to your spouse. They don’t belong to your children. They don’t belong to your siblings. They don’t belong to you friends. They don’t belong to your employers or your clients. They don’t belong to your customers, your coworkers, or your colleagues. They belong to you. Strictly you.
Speedy Levitch says “there are secret places inside of us that have never heard of the outside world.”
Did you know that? Did you know that you have secrets? Secret places within you that no external entity can unveil?
When we hear the word “secret”, we tend to think of scandals and skeletons in the closet. But there are other kinds of secrets. Sacred secrets. These are the secrets of your inner being, the secrets of the soul that only you can uncover.
On an average day, we run to and fro seeking for wisdom, insight, and guidance from all the people whose opinions we respect. And while there is much to be learned from all the external sources of knowledge we consult, there are deep truths about what fires you up, what makes you come alive, what makes you different from the rest of us, where your true power lies, and where your life is taking you that you have to discover for yourself.
If you’re always available to others, you’re never available to yourself. And if you’re never available to yourself, there’s something within you that’s being neglected. And if something within you is being neglected, how can you ever be fully present to anything?
In our hectic busy-bodied rush to be there for the ones we love and serve, we overlook the simple practices of self-love and self-contemplation that make it possible for us to “be there” in a way that makes our presence truly felt.
Enjoy the outer world. Delight in all that it has to offer. But don’t forget the importance of developing an intimate connection with yourself.
In the still spaces of your quiet mind lies liberating secrets that no one else can help you find. And when you find the freedom that is your own, you can inspire others to know the joy of being alone