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Beautiful and thought provoking piece Sharif.
Beautifully written, thank you.
I learned something similar when my mother was meeting a relative at a home for people with physical challenges (What is current P.C. protocol these days? Please inform me, as no disrespect or? intended) Anyway she found out that the best thing to do was ask a person if they wanted help when the occasion arose. Of course if imminent danger is at hand act first however in general i find this is a good way to show compassion without assumption.
As we become more emotionally, socially intelligent by practicing and sharing stories we will grow as a species. As this is a necessary part of the true, radical paradigm change needed to derail the train to oblivion, it is good to hear, see you speaking up in public. It gives courage to others!
Thanks for the comment…
You asked: “What is current P.C. protocol these days?” I don’t do “political correctness”. I find that it’s an excuse not to open our hearts and CONNECT. “P.C.” folks can be just as hard-hearted as any racist/sexist/homophobe… but they know the right words, so you can’t call them on it…
The solution to “p.c” is found in your second paragraph! We must become, as you said, “… more emotionally, socially intelligent…” When we do that, we will always be saying the right thing… even if it isn’t the right word.
You point out that imminent danger may cause us to act without asking… like the guy in Uganda who gave me a really hard yank to move me out of the path of a truck. Another instance would be almost all help we give to children. I rarely asked my kids if they needed help when they were young — I had the superior position (development and experience) and knew when they needed it… and when they didn’t. (I assume you’ve seen the video of the otter mother “helping” her cub, but I’ll give it to you, in case you haven’t seen it: http://www.coolestone.com/media/1938/Otterly-Amazing-Swimming-Lesson/ Mother knows best!)
Thanks again for your comments…
Excellent! We all have our own path to walk and our own lessons to learn. It might be hard to watch sometimes, but that’s the way it is. Love and support without an investment in the outcome is the way to go.
And, if its really hard to watch… I will turn away, rather than interfere where not wanted or needed. Like watching my kids trying to tie their shoes when they were little.
What an important and well stated lesson!
Just this past Saturday I had designed a simple plan that I could see would fulfill the stated desires of both of us and result in a beautiful and productive win-win. When I directed my companion to turn left when he was going into the right turn lane, he exploded. Guess what – he hadn’t bought into my plan. Major aha for me! I have been closely watching for and examining my manipulative tendencies since that event. WOW – it makes a big difference in my focused listening and now more humble self awareness.
Thanks so much for today’s wisdom, as well as many other days.
Thanks for your sharing…
This reflects on yet another major issue: “assuming” that if someone “hears” me, they “agree” with me… and, if they don’t “agree” with me, they didn’t “hear” me! That little assumption is the source of the majority of our inter-personal arguments, and quite a few international disputes. I’ll be writing about this in the near future…
Whew! I look forward to that writing, Sharif–although I expect it to be painful (as well as helpful) for this “recovering controller.”