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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #1059 - #RespecttheMist

28 Nov, 2022

RESPECT THE MIST


"All of us sport an invisible sign around our neck: AS IS ... I may not become what you want me to be. And I'm far far from perfect. But I have some great qualities, too, as well as my share of faults. You will have to take me AS IS and I'll take you that way, too!"
Steve Goodier

"To be one, to be united, is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater."
Bono

"So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists--as it surely will. Then act with courage."
Chief White Eagle


We disagree sometimes.
Sometimes a lot.

Sometimes we agree in theory
but not in practice.

Sometimes we agree on objectives
but not on methods.

Sometimes we even want the same things
the same way
but have different priorities for what's most essential, most critical,
or even just what needs to come first.

It really helps
if we can respect each other's perspectives.
That alone can get us past so many impasses.
Sometimes it can even help us find a new possibility
we hadn't seen before;
but even if not,
sometimes it can help us at least
see the other person's rationales;
but even if not,
sometimes it can help us just accept that
another way of seeing it, of doing it, exists, functions,
is effective for someone,
even if not for us,
even if we can't understand it.

It really helps
if we can respect each other's perspectives.
But sometimes we can't.

Then it really helps
if we can trust each other's intentions,
know that we want the best for each other
as much as for ourselves
even if we disagree on how to get there.

It really helps
if we can trust each other's intentions.
But sometimes we can't.

Trust and respect.
Necessary elements to finding a way through.
But sometimes we can't.

And when we can't--
when the mist is so thick that we can't even see our own hands--
no less the other person's heart--
sometimes we must be still.

Because to act without seeing a way through--
even a potential way from which we will ultimately veer
when more has cleared--
to act without seeing any way forward at all
can lead to crashing into jagged rocks,
falling down mountainsides,
being devoured by lions.

The mist is thick between us right now.

I must be still.

Shellen Lubin
November 28, 2022


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