“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”
― S. Kelley Harrell
The thought of being isolated for a short time is not near as daunting as the thought of always living alone. My fine feathered friend in the accompanying photo (from Unsplash) is a gorgeous specimen and appears no worse for the wear of living a solitary life…at least in the photo. And while I cannot imagine moving from tree to tree only to perch upon it in solitude, it is, in my view, far better than involuntary seclusion as a result of not being able to agree with or listen to my peers. To take it one step further, the pain of being ostracised because I looked, spoke, or acted differently would send me to a place of solitary confinement so harsh I would probably welcome falling off my twig.
But isn’t that what we do to each other when we allow our judgments to mentally exclude those we may not even know? Or when we silence our friends, colleagues, and fellow citizens by shouting obscenities at them just because they verbalize personal views that don’t match our own?
This is, in my opinion, the perfect time. now, for us to come together and open our ears, hearts, and minds to rediscover or better said, “remember” what we already know to be true; the wisdom that we are all one and when we learn how to learn, and do, and BE together, then we can fly in directions and to unknown lands as we have never encountered before. Having a dialogue and connecting with others creates a field of communion the likes of which our souls may only have experienced spiritually.
What I remember is that “it doesn’t matter what happens in the conversation; what matters is that the conversation happens,” I know I am close to home. Collaborative learning is about reaching across the aisle, extending my hand, my ear, and regarding the views of others as essential elements of my being.
Join me please, in expressing the kind of compassionate, meaningful conversations that lead to life-giving and fulfilling dialogue. Please join the expanding group of humans comprising that critical mass moving and shaking the world one conversation at a time!