I hope you had a Thanksgiving holiday filled with wonderful
food, supportive people, and stress-free travels! However, I’m firmly grounded
in the world where bad things take the day off, just so we can live in a moment
of perceived perfection. People still die, they still get in car wrecks, still
have weird little accidents like shooting a big toe off while in a duck blind. I’ve
also heard from many clients about how nervous they were about visiting family
members with vastly different political views, or how guilty they felt about “escaping”
from an ailing parent, or for the “inevitable” holiday blowup around some
long-held childhood grudge/addiction issue/relationship insecurity. Maybe it
didn’t happen, maybe it did, but hey, Christmas is just around the corner, so
now we can just wait a few more weeks! I’m sure it’ll kick in then! (tongue
firmly in cheek here)
I’m not gonna lie. I was one of those people
who felt disappointed in the outcome of the election. Soon after the results
were announced, I began to notice something extraordinary. Inside all of the
cacophony of outrage and cheering, a quiet movement began. One that, at its
core, was compassion personified. No, I’m not talking about the safety pin
or the clarion call for empathy on both sides (http://qz.com/826733/us-election-2016-lack-of-empathy-is-causing-a-toxic-political-environment/).
I’m talking about the wake-up call that we all got as a nation during the
campaign. It’s mirrored in family units and business relationships as well.
Here’s my golden nugget:
We do not
live in a vacuum. We all have a part to play, and ALL voices are necessary.
I was speaking to David Barnes, a dear friend who has
created an innovative healing modality with his business partner, Sue-Anne
MacGregor, using the power of movies. At his recommendation, my husband and I
watched “A Late Quartet”, a wonderful 2012 film about the power of teamwork. I
found it on Amazon Prime. He articulates this beautifully using this movie’s theme
on 5 key elements of teamwork. I highly recommend watching this in a mixed
group with ample time afterwards for discussion. Its cerebral message and
gorgeous music will instantly transport you above any energetic sludge left
over from the holidays. Make no mistake. We are all on the American team. Our
Family of Origin team. Our Tribe of Like-Minded Friends team. And many, many other teams that require cooperation with disparate points of view. You can find his
changework session notes here: https://peaceofmindovertures.com/heart-aligned-leadership-five-empowering-ways-to-improve-teamwork/
Hindsight is always 20/20. We may have just sent
our lovely world on a disastrous path towards doom and destruction. Or we may
have done the exact opposite and given our collective selves an enormous gift
that will draw us together more cohesively than ever before. I am reminded of an old Buddhist proverb:
“An old farmer had
worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the
news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said
"Maybe," the farmer
replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild
horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Maybe," replied the
old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses,
was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy
on his misfortune. "Maybe," answered the farmer. The day after,
military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing
that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated
the farmer on how well things had turned out. "Maybe," said the
It’s perfectly acceptable to feel anger, elation, outrage,
joy, disgust, and relief over this governmental transition process. The most
important thing is to use this as rocket fuel. Allow it to propel you into
action. Funnel it into volunteering for causes that you support, into creative
activities, or into your work life. Take off the suit of despair that someone
else may have given you. Shrug off the feelings of superiority because “you
knew it”. None of that serves you, and simply keeps you locked into an old
pattern of isolation and mental stagnation.
Get to know people with opposing ideas. You just might find
out that you have more in common than you thought. By doing this, we will all
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