Isabelle’s circle is her family. Her preschool. Her world.
Ellie the dog’s circle is her food. Her toys. Her treats.
There are these Circles around me. I find myself wandering around the outside edges, kicking the lines, trying to get out, while trying equally hard to be in the middle, a self-imposed tug-of-war that I am never quite comfortable with.
There’s the Granger Community Church Circle, the Christian blogging circle, the Mom Blogger circle, the Christian celebrity circle, the Blogger Celebrity circle, the Educated circle, the Missional circle, the Pastor’s Wife circle, and then the closer to home, Family, City, School circle, the Neighborhood circle…you get the idea.
Circles are fine. Everyone has a circle.
But what if your circle never touches another person’s circle? What if you don’t even know anything about that person’s circle, or that it even exists?
I’m not saying that it’s all bad, but it’s definitely not all good.
I think understanding other people’s circles help us understand the place we hold in our own.
I think if we don’t understand other people’s circles, we start to honestly believe we are the center of our own, and that our circle is the only one that’s really important.
As I said, there is a never-ending tug-of-war inside of me about this, but I try to do stuff outside of my circle frequently to keep perspective. I’ll be writing more about that later this week.
How about you? What circle are you in? What do you do to keep perspective?