This is the first time in over 5 years that I have had difficulty writing this weekly blog! Normally, I write about what I am noticing that week: conversations with friends and loved ones; encounters with strangers in public areas; reflections as I consider my past and present... wondering about our future together.
This week, though, I am overwhelmed with scenes of unrest, harsh words, and anger; political parties with differing agendas; people watching and reacting (or not) to the January 6th hearings and SCOTUS decisions; COVID lingering in our midst...
As we move on with our daily lives, I wonder if we are ignoring the seriousness of this moment in time. Are we seeking to return to Normal... but haven't realized the Past Normal no longer exists, has disappeared, or has been destroyed by our anger or indifference?
|What foundations in our lives need to be repaired?|
(Photo: wharf destroyed by fire, Astoria, Oregon,
I am aware of a numbness in my outlook. My ability to consider solutions, seek advice from others, or look for possibilities is being challenged with the circumstances we face as a society. An example of inconsistencies I am noticing: just a few months ago, one group of people was frustrated and angry when choice was taken away from them (having to wear a mask in public settings or get a vaccine in order to keep a job). Now, other choices are being eliminated or threatened to be taken away... and some of these same people are on news outlets celebrating decisions to remove these choices from others.
I understand that there is a fine balance between individual rights, decisions being imposed on others, and what is good and proper for everyone. I wonder, though, do we notice when our own views tip the balance in our favor and away from another person's beliefs?
|Where do you have balance in your life?|
(Photo credit: Miyoko Shida Rigolo, Georgia's Got Talent)
I have questioned since grade school why one person or group has to dominate or always WIN... forcing the other person or group to be humiliated with LOSS:
we celebrate our win but are oblivious to the pain being felt by
others. How might we walk together... and away from this dualism of
domination, bullying, and having to conquer?
We have several choices before us:
- Are we willing to stay in relationship with people who experience life differently?
- Can we set aside our ignorance, disbelief, anger and violence to ask questions and seek understanding?
- Are we able to coexist and treat everyone respectfully?
|Are you willing to wander with others|
as we try to understand what is happening?
(Photo credit: British crinkle-crankle wall, deMilked)
Maybe it is time to set down any weapons of violence, disrespect, and dislike. Maybe it is time to sit down and discuss our numbness, our confusion, our vulnerability. Maybe it is time we realize... we need one another!
- Accept diverse ideas and opinions?
- Move away from Win-Lose, Right-Wrong, and Either-Or thinking?
- Strive for Both-And solutions?
I wonder... is it possible to balance individual and societal needs... of acceptance, worth, value and respect? I believe the answer is "Yes!"
How are you feeling? What do you think is happening? Will you wander and wonder with me?
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