Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Paying attention to what others say

Hello everyone,

I hope this note finds you well, moving into this new year 2017 with good health and good things happening.

This year I will try to add more often to my ongoing books of quotations (I write them in Paramahansa Yogananda's Inner Reflections daybooks).

A friend ran across something that reflects how important what people write is to our lives: "When you read a line that is so well written, you just close the book and stare at the wall for a while."  No name was given for the original writer of this, but I understand the feeling and the action of it.  I've had these moments in books as diverse as Agatha Christie's mysteries, Margaret Atwood's trilogy that begins with Oryx and Crake, and Robert Munsch' children's books.

Like so many people, I sought out the clip of Meryl Streep's speech at the recent Golden Globe awards.  Without naming names she gave chastisement to one, and good advice to all:  "...this instinct to humiliate when it's modelled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same.  Disrespect invites disrespect.  Violence incites violence.  When the powerful use [their position] to bully others, we all lose." 

What is the balance between being respectful of everyone and understanding political/power game playing so that one is able to maintain equality, and one's own power?  How much does one have to play the gameplayer's game to simply not lose?  Or are those even the questions?  How far can one step away from the gameplayer and interact, instead, with the pawns the gameplayer is using, and make the connection and change there?  How to watch one's back while looking forward? 

Complicated questions and complicated thoughts from them ... not sure if I'm near answers.

For a lighter heart quotation, another anonymous says "A clean house is a sign of a wasted life".  Cleaning is not a waste of time ... it does have some practical value!  However, the quotation is a nice out when the place gets out of hand!

Very kind regards to all!

Why's Woman

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