How do you recognize change?
It is a valid question. How does your own “filter” skew(or screw) what you see? Do you have a preconceived idea of what change should look like? Does “I Already Know What I Want To See” keep you from seeing?
I have needed to shut off the internet news and “web-surfer posts”, because everyone is screaming, “See, there is no change. Here’s “old” Washington again”.
So I needed to sit with this. Just like I needed to sit with whether to support Obama (not my original choice) when everyone was yelling to go with him. I have found value in quieting the mind chatter, remaining in touch with my core. To just be still and sit.
In sitting, I can remain open. The more open I remain, the less my filter gets in the way of listening and observing. And I am at a part of my life where I not only enjoy but I value this child-like quality. The quality of not knowing and thereby, Learning something.
Here are some changes I’ve noticed:
Since even before his election, Obama has reached out from the beginning to people who were rivals during his candidacy (specifically Clinton and McCain). This IS a change in Washington. A change I have desired and wanted (and might have missed if I only listened to the focus of the news media and not been of quiet mind). This reaching out is a HUGE deal.
The above is also an example of negotiating PEACE.
Another change I’ve desired.
There can be no international peace if we do not attempt to bridge the differences within our own party(s). I have not seen an effort from either side in a very long time, like the effort I have seen by our President Elect. This process gives me Hope.
I have seen a man not rely on his own ego, nor a narrow definition of Change as he contemplates his cabinet. I see someone who is willing to view history and see what has worked, chosen people who have made wise decisions in past administrations and honored their talents by choosing them to serve. I don’t know about you, but this is quite a change from the last 8 years and has the great potential to continue change by promoting peace and stabilizing our economy.
Finally, I have seen a man who has not reacted to racial slurs or religious inaccuracies from within our nation and more so from overseas – specifically from terrorists. He has been baited. He also shows no sign of taking the bait. Again, this is quite a change. A maturity I have rarely witnessed the last 8 years.
So here we are only a few weeks after the election and people are already saying that there is no change and our future president has not even been sworn in. My view is different. I am not expecting an administration free of conflicts or imperfect decisions. I hope to remain open, so that I can witness and acknowledge changes as they unfold, whether they are the changes “I expect” or more importantly, the changes I do not expect – and therefore have more difficulty seeing.