education, politics, yoga

Just a Quick Note between posts.

Could I *be* any more behind on everything? This is why this post doesn’t really count.

Yes, I will write about my 5k and about our trip to WDW and will hopefully do that soon. And hopefully I will tackle the amazing pile of dirty clothes we brought back from Orlando, too. And eat lunch. And take a shower. Yeah, it’s that bad.

But really, as I was mulling over my future posts in my head this morning on my drives to schools, I had a very hard time focusing because of the feeling of disgust in the pit of my stomach. I was listening to the news and they were reporting on the polarized, absolute extremist views being held by folks on the “gun debate” – and I just couldn’t believe this is where we are as a society.

In the practice of yoga, the idea of non-attachment is one that is often explored. In a nutshell, the idea is that it is our attachment to things (and ideas and egos) that causes our pain, suffering, and discontent.

Way back when I was an actor, one of the things I discovered to be universally true about people – real or made up – is that their moment to moment thoughts and concerns tend to be about themselves first.

Anyone who has studied child development knows that in the toddler years, children are the center of their own universe. As they get older, they learn – with the help of parents and caregivers – that this is not how the world works. Or they are supposed to anyway.

Where am I going with this?

Perhaps if folks would listen to each other with an open mind and open heart we could affect the real problems with our society. Perhaps if people weren’t so defensive and possessive about every single issue, we could actually communicate with one another and accomplish something, anything. Perhaps the solution to this and other problems isn’t (only) legislative. Perhaps the solution is that the members of our society learn to talk to each other without shouting, learn to listen without waiting to interrupt, and learn that everyone is not out to get them or take things away from them.

To refuse to listen to the other side of the argument is not admirable, it is immature. Am I saying that everyone talking about this issue is selfish and immature? No, not everyone. Just those talking the loudest. Which, unfortunately, are the only ones some (most?) people will hear.

But didn’t I say this post doesn’t count? So, carry on.