The Daily Deskhenge:
Today’s Daily Deskhenge is all about attitude, and not necessarily in a good way. Be aware of your views about other people. Really take a look at what you think when you see someone else. Are you thinking, “There but for the grace of God go I” or “Thank GOD I’m not THAT hard up” or “Jesus, dude, stop protesting and get a job already!”? Are you feeling satisfied with your own circumstances? Well, first of all, if you’re feeling satisfied with how things are for you, that’s great. Truly, I mean it. You work hard, you take your knocks, you deal with what you have to deal with (most of the time wearing the Big-Girl panties), and you’ve done what you had to do to get where you are. So it’s absolutely great to acknowledge that. Where we get into trouble is if we allow that entirely validated and realistic self-satisfaction to color how we view everybody else. We’ve walked in our own shoes, so we know what it’s like to have gone through everything we’ve been through to get where we are. But we haven’t walked in another person’s shoes. Judging how things are for others without knowing them or understanding what their circumstances are is a massive set-up for the kind of pride that the Gods LOVE LOVE LOVE shooting holes in. It’s like Divine Target Practice for the Trickster Gods out there when they see someone puffed up with self-righteousness and judgmental indignation at how full of loser-ness everyone else is for not pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps.
So let this Deskhenge today serve as a little warning: watch yourselves. Watch your thoughts. Don’t judge other people based only on what you *think* you know about their motivations. Talk to others. Listen to their stories. And let them listen to yours. This is how we learn to hold compassion for other people: by seeing us in them and them in us.
P.S. The same is true if you’re a protester having unfriendly thoughts about those *not* protesting. Put yourselves in their shoes and try to imagine what it’s like to live with all the particular guns-to-the-head that they’ve got.