Knowing Him from Adam Hello, fellow “Men Alive”! There is something overwhelming about embarking on an undertaking which you’re certain will find you regularly re-routing. My deepest hope for “Man Alive!” is that it becomes a way in which men who love men can tap into themselves and establish community. To individually and collaboratively go read more..
Hello, fellow “Men Alive”!
There is something overwhelming about embarking on an undertaking which you’re certain will find you regularly re-routing.
My deepest hope for “Man Alive!” is that it becomes a way in which men who love men can tap into themselves and establish community. To individually and collaboratively go out on that proverbial limb in search of something wide-ranging and worthwhile. To be another intersection where one is both compassionately nudged and wholly accepted. (I trust you will assist me in evolving this to be a sanctuary where bi and gay men can securely uncover an essential part of themselves and give full expression to who are we in articulating our common dreams and fears. I have faith that your role in this “safe space” – active or passive – will serve to intensify your own immersion in all the stuff of life, however deliciously forbidden that might seem.)
God! I understand so little about the “blogosphere,” and can envision myself fumbling and stumbling (not to mention bumbling) through this, hopelessly stuck in my own headspace. Where is the interplay between self-discovery and providing enhancement to another? How can I take a bit of this and a tad of that in the spirit of creativity and connectivity, rendering it refreshingly relevant to you, my readership – whoever you are – and however you could develop? Can I effectively step outside of my own limited worldview and passably universalize select experiences?
While I’m intent on navigating this latest venture with conviction, I am assuredly going about it all with a heap of anxiety and a substantial awareness that I’m being as pushed from behind as I am pulled from ahead to be positively saturated in something greater than myself. Not only is so much of this new terrain, but I am putting myself in the position of potentially being considered an “authority” when I feel much more comfortable having some capacity for growth – and the shortcomings that inevitably accompany it. This is undoubtedly an exercise in following what I feel compelled to do boldly while simultaneously being intimidated by it – contending with one massive ego while striving for surrendered relatedness.
I expect the same is true for you in your own life. The desire to not identify yourself as or with an “ideal” and, to the contrary, be unashamedly human. For my part, I promise to muster the courage to be transparent and vulnerable. It’s been said over and over that to love oneself is to love life, so it seems that in order to invite joy for myself I’d best go about initiating a safe space for a sense of amazement on another’s part. To recognize the heaviness of living in a way that initiates the capacity for a particular lightness often provoked when attention is paid to possibility.
It’s almost revolutionary how aligning your approach to life with who you are lends itself to you becoming who you can best be. In an individualistic, end-result-oriented society, to really feel the flow of the process of the day-to-day and appreciate a detail for what it is – it seems extraordinarily ballsier to embrace being more novice than know-it-all. Let’s explore together and expand and falteringly find tidbits of truth that will assist us in mapping out the nature of a life vibrantly lived.
So please don’t distinguish me as much as an expert as you would another wandering wonderer who simply wants to capture that dynamic sense of aliveness – if only for an extended moment.
While you might not know me from that fabled Adam, and I may not yet recognize you, let’s nonetheless plunge some depths with one another in the spirit of self-love and man-love. Let’s use the immediacy the Internet allows to feel out our own flesh-and-bone-ness. Let’s reach within, delve into that vast expanse of assent, and reach out to one another with the awareness that we’re not so separate after all.
I hope you take some comfort in the knowledge that you have never been alone, and certainly aren’t now. I trust you’re willing to step along with me toward a vantage point of astonishment. I believe it’s time we don’t feel so all alone in the center of all creation and, instead, welcome the freedom in connectedness.
Thanks so much for sharing your time with me. I’m eager to see how this progresses.
PS – Every day I receive messages from men the world over detailing issues they are struggling with, always underlined by a strong desire for personal transformation. I would be honored to accept your requests for blog topics in the future that could benefit you. I am here. Reach out anytime.
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