Lately, my mind has been reflecting on the duality of being human:
- We are individuals... but, as social beings, we need others.
- We are physically anchored to this world... but a Spirit inspires us to become more.
- We want the best for those we love... but, sometimes, we focus only on ourselves.
- We celebrate holidays of Thanks Giving... but, as we strive for more, we forget to be thankful for what we have in abundance.
Preparing for this Pandemic-influenced Thanksgiving, I wondered how often I have been thankful these past 10 months... for Stay-at-Home orders; working remotely; or following the health guidelines of my state and county?
Have I seen beauty in these dark moments of Living Sequestered?
- Sandboxes: understanding the outlines of where we can play... or not play.
- Jigsaw Puzzles: working through edges and shapes to see the emerging picture.
- Scrabble: stringing together letters to create words that have shared meaning.
Rather than pleading or squawking when we don't get our way, are there another ways to express what we want or need?
|Do you squawk when|
you don't get what you want?
With Dialogue, it is important to balance Advocacy and Inquiry. Rather than focusing primarily on one or the other, we are invited to talk through our position (to advocate) and then to ask or seek input on other positions or ways of thinking (to inquire). Through the dual interchange of advocating and inquiring, we tickle out a new Way of Seeing through emerging ideas and a new Way of Being by balancing individual and common understanding.
|Are you grateful for fleeting moments|
(Photo credit: San Diego Union Tribune, Bill Wechter)
My father's favorite holiday was Thanksgiving and my mother's was Christmas. Within a few short weeks, both of them celebrated what was important to them: Giving Thanks and Giving Life... duality! I am grateful for how their lives inspired duality and balance.
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