Our relationships with the places where our feet are planted are everything. In the physical sensory world, and the imaginal world which envelopes and penetrates it. It doesn’t matter whether we’re in these places forever, or for just a little while.
Someone asked me after a workshop this weekend why it was I didn’t seem to regard lifelong rootedness in place as a virtue. Well I do, of course, but I regard other types of rootedness in place as a virtue, too. I had the deepest and most transformative relationship of my life in a place I spent just four years in. Some loves are like that.
We are all different; we all have our own unique path in this world. Sometimes that path is best served by rootedness in place; sometimes the unique gift we bring to the world, our calling, is best served – as mine has been – from deep immersion in a number of different places. Dogma doesn’t work when it comes to calling. All that matters is that, wherever we find ourselves in this world, we connect deeply there. For as long as we’re in a place, with as much love and respect as we can muster. That’s where the virtue lies, for me.
Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction, a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies, and a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative.