I have a friend who criticized a recent article I posted on FB. The article was written by the head nurse at the hospital in Atlanta treating the Ebola victims. At the conclusion of the article, Susan Grant, wrote:
"We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science and compassion. We can fear, or we can care."
My friend criticized the false dichotomy in this last statement. It's true that a bit of fear might make us care more carefully. It's true you may care in spite of your fear. But I often find for myself that fear can be paralyzing or can encourage me to see things in dualistic terms. Yet, one of the wonders of human creativity and cognitive/emotional ability is the ability to make choices in how we see the world.
Brene Brown wrote today in her blog about choosing courage over pain, especially in relationship to the psychic pain many of us have felt this week with Robin William's death, the death of Michael Brown and subsequent confrontation between the police and citizens of Ferguson, MO, and other tragedies. I've been struggling with these issues and found her words to be helpful, in spite of the false dichotomy.
Another friend, Lisa Rough, has a blog and she has invited guest bloggers this summer to participate in writing about the relationships they have with their bodies. Here are three essays written by friends of mine that demonstrate courage.
Courage, Community, and Creativity are the themes of all three of these essay and also of the Adult Camp where I had a chance to get to know the writers. Patti Digh, writer extrordinaire, organized the first "Life is a Verb" Camp last September. This November, the second Weekend of Amazement will take place in Western North Carolina! Come explore Courage, Community, and Creativity with a wonderful group of people!
Police Brutality, and the need for police to wear cameras.