Where Are You Going With This?

Conflict Or Solution

It’s Hump Day, y’all!How’s the week been going for you? I hope that things are moving along for the New Year. For me, I have vowed to stay focused on things that will make my life better, as well as the lives of those around me … if possible. Many times in our lives, we may lose our direction. We may want to try what “everybody else is doing” rather than what we know will make our own lives better. Perhaps, we may influence “others” to make their lives better! Imagine …
These times are rather challenging for the “First World.” Have you ever traveled to a “Third World” country … and lived there? It may be an eye opener, especially if you stay for a while. Living in Colombia, South America gave me an opportunity to learn another language very well, to experience the “social organization” of a country where there are literally “the haves” and the “have nots.” The society there is stratified beginning with street corner vendors in cities like Cali and Bogota to the mansions of those with control of the nation’s valuable commodities. I know people who have lived in the Middle East but they were soldiers or government officials. One good friend and former student lived in Japan for a while though I don’t think that Japan is considered “Third World” anymore.
Here, we complain about traffic. Have you seen pictures of traffic in Tokyo?! Have you ever been in traffic in Manila? Yes to the first and no to the second question for me! I travel down I-95 going to and from Boca Raton where the office of the marketing company I work for is located. Some days, the traffic is horrific …. Then I remember the traffic in Los Angeles during rush hour. It brings back memories of the summer when friends decided to journey to Jones Beach from White Plains and I experienced a highway becoming a parking lot! People, including myself, want to go fast!!! We get caught up in getting ahead of the person in the lane next to us in a traffic jam! People start to flash their high beams, honk their horns … and I start to wonder what’s next.
Have we been conditioned to want everything fast, like high speed internet and rapid connections on our cell phones? Are we unable to slow down and actually “smell the flowers” along the way? Have we shortened our journey because we wanted to move through it so quickly? Can “slow” become the new “fast?” Now, of course, there are times when getting out of the way of a falling obstacle quickly will save your life so we can keep situations like this for being able to move fast! Are we missing anything in our lives, or the lives of the people we come into contact with along this journey? Is it better to end some conversations quickly and without incident or escalation? You bet!
Yet, I am sure we all have moments when we wished we had taken a little more time listening to a person. Perhaps, a bit more time hugging that person, ’cause there is a magic in a healthy hug! And it doesn’t matter who is receiving or giving the hug either! So, do you see where I am going with this?! Take a minute to see where you are going in life. If you can make a change in yourself, the others may see that and do the same in their own lives. If you can, take an extra minute to “smell the flowers along the way” or “listen to the lapping of waves on the shore line”, even enjoy a full moon or rainy afternoon sometimes. It may make your journey sweeter, longer even, more fulfilling!
Have a great Hump Day!
Namaste,John I. CookEmoji, Director

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