A Journey of One Inch

Posted On: 04.15.14

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Thank you to my dear friend Lindsey for sending me this quote. Lindsey is one of the few souls whom I talked to about The HERE Year before I decided to kick it off and when I announced that I’d be focusing on the theme of Home for my first month, I immediately reached out to Lindsey because I know she’s written extensively on this topic as well as the overarching idea of Presence. Lindsey sent along this quote along with some others and pieces of her own writing as well which I plan to share here in the future. I’m realizing something more and more, namely that while this blog is my home it is important for me to continually have friends and their words here. This year, I suspect, will be as much about featuring the thoughts of others as my own.

Anyway, Wendell Berry. I recently had the privilege of meeting Wendell (whom Dad knew) and can’t wait to share more about that, but for now these inspiring words. I am taken by this idea of making a journey of one inch. Maybe our biggest adventures aren’t across the globe but within ourselves? Maybe our ultimate, and most worthy, goal should be to “learn to be at home”? I think, for me, this is what my yearlong project is all about, figuring out (and no doubt fumbling with) questions of how to be at home, how to be here.

Another thought: Going forward, this blog will be, among many other things, a virtual scrapbook. I will occasionally post longer pieces of prose, but I will also store snippets of what I’m learning – quotes and questions and ideas and images I don’t want to forget. I like the idea of this. That I will be able to come back here and sift through all the thoughts I’ve had, those well-formed and barely formed.

More to come on the topic of Home. I am just back from South Carolina where I attended my uncle’s very beautiful memorial service. It has been a weighty couple of days and I want to write about it, but need to process it a bit more before doing so.

Hope all is well in your worlds, in your homes.

xoxo, ADR

To learn a bit more about my recently kicked-off HERE YEAR, click here

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6 Comments for: "A Journey of One Inch"
  1. I am really looking forward to your Here Year and to learning a lot about that journey of one inch … of course it’s the hardest inch of all, right?
    Can’t wait to see you next week, too.
    xox

  2. Heather

    This one really resonates with me, A, a lot of your recent ones have (more so for some reason…hmmm?). You and I have talked about this — I am struggling to find my place, my here, my home (literally, figuratively, mentally, emotionally) and how to inhabit it (literally, figuratively, mentally, emotionally). Totally ditto-ing Lindsay — 100% jazzed for The Here Year, the questions, the quotes, the inch-by-inch discoveries. xox

  3. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on “home” being here and there (if in fact you will explore that.) We all have many homes in ways…our childhood home, our hometowns. Maybe the most meaningful home is the first we ever bought, or where we brought home our children. For me “home” is in several places and in one place all at once. It’s equally comforting and uncomfortable as I feel like I have little pieces of me in several different places. I’m wondering where I feel most whole-what home is that?

  4. Julia Masi

    Every step of your journey should be as calculated as the bridesmaid’s journey down the church aisle. Everyday is not about you but, but you can enjoy ever inch of every step if stay focused on the present.

    As we all know, many people are so preoccupied with the future that they miss out on the fun of an ordinary day. Instead of relaxing and enjoying their beautiful homes they constantly think of the next thing they need to make it more comfortable and chic. Instead of appreciating the nuances and challenges of their jobs they worry about what they will do when they lose it or retire. Perhaps being at home is just enjoying all the things around you. Rather than worrying how you’ll juggle a kid in college and the prospect of a parent in a nursing home, we should spend more time enjoying the kids making lunch and matinee dates with our aging relatives. Enjoy today.

  5. Aidan, I am so grateful you are writing here. About HERE. I have never truly felt at home with myself, so it seems fitting that I have a life in which I move every 1-3 years (husband in military). It’s been kind of my mission to learn how to be at home with myself so I can be home anywhere.

    Thank you for being a teacher and fellow traveler on this path inwards. One inch, each centimeter lovely and excruciating. xoxo

  6. I’m catching up on your blog posts and I’m so excited about the HERE year. I’m also absolutely in love with this quote. Thank you for sharing!

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