Today is a good day to have a good day. So I establish a reliable reward system to enhance productivity. I feed the dog, I feed myself. I launder the clothes, I launder myself, lingering far too long in the rinse cycle. I empty the dishwasher, I empty my mind. While meandering around the house, I let my thoughts meander in search of interesting blog topics. This has become a full time job with few benefits. I find myself tossing out issues like the trash because everything has become so politicized. Larry warned me from the beginning of this blogging adventure, “Don’t go near politics, sex, or religion.” I’m like, “What the hell am I going to talk about?” Right? I think we treat stigmatized topics like dirty laundry, just let the machine deal with it, and skip the empathy cycle. Trust me, we all have dirty underwear!
We gave up a lot when we stopped washing our clothes down by the river (This is strictly metaphoric). What is empathy? It’s imagining yourself in someone else’s shoes? Empathy values our humanity along with our flaws. It allows us to speak without shame, humiliation, and judgement. Why is it I’ll ask a pregnant woman how she is feeling but I’m afraid to make the same inquires to the woman getting an abortion? Can I not empathize with truth just because it is not my own?
Rejection and judgement is silencing our voices just when we need them the most. We leave addiction, immigration, death, religion, race, and sexuality faltering in the gap, because we have become so polarized in our views, there is no room for an actual conversation. I started to consider how we might become re-interested in each other? I think it starts by listening deeply to one another, speaking our truth even when it’s not popular, and trusting we will be heard instead of judged. We need to put down the stones. Remember Satan blamed God for his downfall, whereas Eve owned her discretion, and we are still moved by her story. Narcissistic behavior is something we understand and clearly we relate to temptation.
Owning our truth takes an incredible amount of courage, coffee, and chocolate. Story is the substance that bonds us together like superglue. Can you imagine a world where we listen so deeply to each other that we overcome hate, break down barriers, and extinguish prejudice with our ears. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear?” William Arthur Ward claims, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it.” So maybe today is a good day to rinse out our dirty laundry and discover something new down by the river.
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