Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Microstory 328: Sanctum Sanctorum

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Sanctum Sanctorum is supposed to refer to “the holiest of holiest”. It’s a specific location of profound religious value. Well, I don’t really care about your religions, so I’m using the term more as a synonym for home. The only reason I separate these two is because people like the phrase “home is where the heart is”. This means that the home is wherever you feel safe; it can be multiple places, or really just refer to the people you’re with, or even a state of being. A sanctum sanctorum, however, is a physical location. This place must belong to you and only the closest of your associates (read: family), and you should have the reasonable expectation that you neither be disturbed nor molested while inside. The first thing we need to do, of course, is to make sure everyone on the planet has a safe place to go so that they can eat, sleep, and live. Trailer parks, homeless shelters, halfway homes, camping grounds, and yes, even prisons qualify as a place that people can live. Once you have this, you should be in pursuit of a sanctum sanctorum. Most people enjoy the company of others. We like to be out and about and having fun. We like exploring, learning, and experiencing new things. But some people appreciate these activities more than others, and some don’t like it at all. I’m not going to tell you that’s okay, because if you don’t already know that, please return to first grade. What I’m telling you is something not even adults necessarily realize. Everyone also likes to be alone sometimes. Again, some more than others, but we all need the ability to be ourselves with absolutely zero risk of judgment or basic expectation. The sanctum sanctorum gives you this. It’s not as important as a room away from rain, and it’s not as lofty as a room with a view, but it’s good for the soul. Find your sanctuary.

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