It is interesting that we call it a heat wave since it was odd yesterday to experience this feeling of heat, of moisture on the skin. It's not really a wave, more an expansion and feeling of roundness, embrace. It is a different awareness of the environment than when it is cold and the blood pulls in for warmth.
Plato wrote: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
I come more and more to see this is so. We have no idea what life is for another. We each have different perceptions, wants, desires, needs.
And here is Robert Bly:
Things to Think
Think in ways you've never thought before.
If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message
Larger than anything you've ever heard,
Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.
Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,
Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose
Has risen out of the lake, and he's carrying on his antlers
A child of your own whom you've never seen.
When someone knocks on the door,
Think that he's about
To give you something large: tell you you're forgiven,
Or that it's not necessary to work all the time,
Or that it's been decided that if you lie down no one will die.
~ Robert Bly ~
I joined Toastmasters a month ago and as part of that am reading this book from their library: Speaking for Impact, Connecting with Every Audience by Shirley E. Nice.
I am intrigued with this as a way for each of us to live and relate.
When Steve Wozniak of Apple Computers was asked this question on education, "What is the most important thing I should be teaching kids in the classroom; what most impacts the workforce?" he responded, "Teach your students to be helpful to each other."
It seems the responsive thing to do.
David Whyte in The Heart Aroused wrote:
The very act of speech is courageous because no matter what we say, we are revealed.
We speak here. It is not as the same as speaking in front of a live audience perhaps, but I think here, too, we reveal to ourselves and others. How are we impacted? Do we view posting here as courageous?
How closely do we want to look into ourselves?
I say we and yet I suppose it is I who am interested in these questions. How am I changed by you? How are you changed by me?
As I reflect on this, I realize I am opened by you, exposed. I learn and digest. I am changed. Thank you!
“Everything the body can do is potentially enjoyable, if transformed so as to produce flow.”