Welcome to my blog, Larger on the Inside. Doctor Who fans may recognize the reference, although I admit it’s a bit off. For those unfamiliar with Doctor Who, it’s a popular BBC TV show about an alien who travels anywhere in space and time in a spaceship disguised as a 1960s British police box. (My thanks to Allan Leake for the photo composite at right. Background image courtesy of NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)).
The thing about the Doctor’s ship is that it’s bigger on the inside than the exterior would indicate. Those lucky enough to enter the ship (called the TARDIS), comment on this anomaly. I wanted to call this blog “Bigger on the inside”, but unfortunately, the title was taken.
What I love about the idea of “larger on the inside” is that it speaks to our innate sense that there’s always more to things than we realize. Phrases such as, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” or “Appearances are deceiving,” or “Still waters run deep”, underscore this idea.
We can see examples of “larger on the inside” (LOTI) in popular culture. I still remember when my father took my brother and I to see the movie Mary Poppins in 1964 (I was very young!). Mary is a magical nanny who cares for a busy banker’s two children. One of my favourite scenes takes place when Mary is settling into her room. In front of the two children, she unpacks her carpetbag (it’s like a suitcase that’s the size and shape of a modern weekender bag). As the children look on with amazement, Mary first takes out a hat stand, followed quickly by a large wall mirror, a three-foot potted plant, and a floor lamp with a very large shade. There is just no way that a regular weekender has the capacity for all those items. There is definitely more to that bag than meets the eye!
More recent examples of LOTI can be found in the Harry Potter book series by British author J.K. Rowling. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for example, Harry’s friend Hermione carries a little beaded handbag that has magical properties. It appears to be small but actually has a huge capacity. Hermione’s bag holds numerous objects including camp cots, a tent (which itself is larger on the inside), several books, and a sword, among other things. I think it’s definitely a nod to the Mary Poppins carpetbag! I wonder if J.K. Rowling is a Mary Poppins fan?
While Mary Poppins and Harry Potter and his friends are fictional characters with magical abilities, we in the real world don’t have the ability to make things larger on the inside.
Or do we?
I believe that we all have the capacity to become larger on the inside. There are many ways to do this. We can learn new things, explore different places and grow in unexpected ways. And so, this blog is about exploring our capacity to do this. Thanks for joining me in the journey!