I talk with a lot of people. I don't mean only in passing. I mean as an
on my part. It's where I get most of this material from. I don't mean
idle chit-chat either, and neither do I mean filling the silence with
noise. I mean there's something in what just about everyone speaks
that's valuable. I listen it in what
speaks which for me is the raison d'etre of the body of
work on this
Conversations For Transformation website.
Still more of what's spoken with value originates from the ordinary,
"Joe the Buddhas"
whom I listen willingly. I'm a listener for just about anyone. "About
what?" you may ask.
the heart of the matter,
you speak how living / being alive occurs for you. And in listening
what that's like for you, I grasp another facet of what it's like for
me. You speak how your life is for you. You speak what it's like to be
from your perspective (everyone has their own unique perspective of
that, yes?). You speak less of what you do and more of how you
be. And even more than how you be, you
sharewhat being is like for you. It's not really surprising
that the experience of being for
is unique for (yet
common to) everyone.
I love it
that you just can't wait to
Let's face it:
this particular conversation is
the only game in
We all already know chit-chat is simply the avoidance of
but we just don't tell the truth that we already know it. So we pretend
no one else knows it either. What else, what other conversation is more
valuable to be in, more worthwhile being in than one which fleshes out
the possibility of being for
Look: if you can't come up with one, I suggest maybe just maybe it's
because there isn't one. And as a contradistinction,
Monday-morning-quarterbacking of the weekend game is a weak substitute
(it simply doesn't cut the mustard).
To be sure, there's some value, some companionship in being with people
and talking about important things, consequential things,
Monday-morning things. But those aren't the kinds of conversations I'm
referring to. Indeed we all have our own measurements for what's
important and what's consequential, and we all have
our own opinion
about them. But hey! we each have our own nose too. Each of us has a
nose - and
The truth is we have less
than we 'fess up to. It's no big deal to have a nose. Ditto for
The thing to get is transformation isn't a function of
No, the kinds of conversations I'm referring to are those in which we
the being of who we each really are. Those (we all know) are the truly
good conversations. And the truly great conversations are
those in which we get to
who we all really are collectively, and what's possible
for who we all really are collectively. In this regard, I don't want
Yes I do vote.
But what I want for
is transformation. Without transformation,
is just a gesture / a more-of-the-same gesture (even
though it may be the best gesture we have). Without transformation,
will never be enough. I don't stand for
new, better politics.
I stand for transformation ie who we are collectively. There!
I don't want to
I want to remind it what (and who) it is. I don't want to
you. If you want me to, I'll remind you who (and what) you are.
Likewise, I don't want you to
me. If I sound like I need
don't. Instead, remind me who I am. That's where it all
Without it, nothing