"When our hearts are hungry... we all eat lies." -- unknown
We struggle to unravel the complexities of our times and clear our own path to understanding. A young and civilized nation is left with an uncomfortable legacy to reconcile. Our truth is not our politics, nor our opinion. We can choose to separate the person from their ideologies. Yet, there is another layer -- a difference in morality is not a difference of opinion. We have moral codes of how to live and behave, but for some, morality is a barometer that vacillates depending on shifting political winds.
These are times to be courageous in speaking our truth. Truth flows from the ability to challenge everything we know and always be willing to truly consider evidence that contradicts our belief, and admit the possibility that we may be wrong. This is pretty much the definition of an open mind -- which is difficult to maintain when gripped by fear or even simply, when not willing to accept change. Then, we tend to justify insupportable actions based on beliefs and ideologies.
The question is, have we gone too far? I think we have, and I think there is hope in the new landscape of precipitous change. Facing the unknown is always scary but because it is "unwritten," there is potential, opportunity and possibility to do better. We're always seeking a safe place to land; a comforting word, a kindness expressed.
What are your thoughts?
When interacting with others in your work environment, do you see societal woes spill over into your daily life? Are you noticing a shift in how people relate? Is it more human? Is it more gruff? What has changed?
Tips to shift and reframe how you see things
Take just two minutes for each question and write as much and as fast as you can:
- What was great in the last year?
- What was challenging?
- What do you want to experience more of this year?
Notice how you feel and what you learned about yourself.
I gladly welcome all comments, email or text.
"Do anything, but let it produce joy." -- Walt Whitman
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." -- Mahatma Gandhi