Defining MeaningPlace

Day 276 Week 40 Q4 Wednesday, October 4, 2023

What do we mean by MeaningPlace? A place where a person can go and experience meaning, which generally has something to do with identity. If you do not know who you are, can you experience meaning? We all have identities. Many, if not most, of us may even have more than one. For example, we can be a homeowner, a parent and a teacher. When we teach, we support our notion of ourselves as a teacher, and when we are in the hardware store buying supplies for repairing that torn screen on your porch or taking your kid to get a haircut or a doctor, we know we are a homeowner and a parent. 

But this is more about MeaningPlace as it applies to creative outliers, for creativity is not necessarily supported by those around us, and we may benefit from having someplace where we can go and immediately experience meaning, not as a function of the normal societal roles used in the example above. One way to preserve your status as a creator is by having a place where you can easily create.

If you play an instrument, it is more likely to be played if it is accessible. If your instrument lives in its case instead of next to where you sit, it will be played less, and you may feel like less of a musician. But if you can lay your hands on it and begin playing very quickly, it supports the notion that you are a musician.

  MeaningPlace and identity are intertwined, and it is difficult to imagine having meaning without having clarity about identity. And yes, identities can conflict, although one way to mediate this is by having different MeaningPlaces to support different identities. People used to have offices to go to work. And they could leave their work at the office when they left.  Being able to work anywhere at any time can be interpreted as always having meaning because you are always working. This is not sustainable. Everyone finds this out. We need delimiters, or our life does not belong to us but to someone else.

If you want to own your life and have your chosen identity, set up a MeaningPlace that supports the identity. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can derive behaviors that are consistent with this identity and be on a path to developing routines that support you. If your identity includes the phrase that I am a piano player, but you do not have access to a piano, you are likely fooling yourself.

Creative people tend to have creative spaces, which also tend to be messy and therefore, not the best place for anything else. You might want to keep your caustic project chemicals separated from your kitchen so you do not accidentally poison anyone. This is also a metaphor for other relativistic contaminants.