Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Opening Up Walls

Hi there!

I feel like I'm in a time machine that's racing forward -- the days don't seem to last as long as they used to and I keep getting behinder and behinder (that's a Southern word -- "Behinder")

Had an interesting moment last week; my company sent a bunch of us to a required "Diversity" training session. It actually wasn't what I expected, but there were some neat points.

They showed us a short "documentary" from the early 1960's. A 3rd grade school teacher in Iowa did an experiment (with the approval of the school and the parents). Take a little Iowa town in 1960ish, and you can guess the racial mix -- none! Anyway, the teacher discussed "racism" with the children; they agreed it was wrong to judge people that way, but didn't really understand the issue.

The experiment was this -- the teacher noted that the class was about half blue-eyed and half brown-eyed. She said "For today, blue-eyed people are "better" than brown-eyed people. Brown eyed people aren't as smart as blue-eyed people, they take too long to do things, they have to stay away from the blue-eyed people and can't play on the playground equipment. They also have to stand in the back of the line." You get the picture.

The next day, the teacher switched it around; "I was wrong yesterday, it's really brown-eyed people that are superior to blue-eyed people" and gave them appropriate instructions.

Without going into detail on the video, it was very touching ... they interviewed the now grown-up children and they all claimed it was a life-changing experience.

That's the good part -- the wierd part came when one of my co-workers -- a Dutch person -- raised his hand and said "I don't understand you Americans -- why are you always so ready to judge people by race. This would never happen in the Netherlands; we are a cosmopolitan and tolerant people."

Another co-worker popped up and replied "Wait a minute, I've been to the Netherlands. There is a sizable Moroccan population and they are treated very badly by the rest of the population."

"Well, that's different," said the Dutch person, "everyone knows Moroccan's are all criminals and should be treated differently!"

The room was silent -- and it was wonderful to watch the expressions on the Dutch person's face as he slowly began to realize what he had said. I wonder if perhaps that might have been the beginning of a life-changing experience for him?

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We'll again pull two cards -- the first suggests something we should focus on for the week. The second suggests things we might consider in order to fully benefit from the attributes of the first card.

The cards are:

Four of Pentacles

Two of Wands

The Four of Pentacles typically refers to those times when we erect "walls" around ourselves -- we try to keep ourself safe by shutting away external things. The kicker is that when we do this, we actually lose ground by neglecting educational and fulfilling experiences with the outside world. (Just thinking -- my friend from the Netherlands had erected walls around himself; I wonder if he's peeking outside now?)

The Two of Wands refers to bold actions -- which suggests the necessary confidence to take a risk. Right off, we see the contrast between the two cards. The Four of Pentacles tries to avoid risks -- the Two of Wands sees the positives in risks. Taking risks means you sometimes have to be quick on your feet -- you have to solve unexpected problems that my pop up. This two suggests you'll be able to discover creative or original solutions to the problems you may encounter. There's usually a "naysayer" around when you're embarking on a Two of Wands situation -- so this card also suggests you'll have faith and belief in your own vision and the energy to see it through.

There are a couple of ways we could play these two cards; being almost opposites of each other, we could say the first card suggests a condition to avoid and the second card suggests what should replace it. We could also think that since the two cards represent different extremes, we might "average" the two. Consider risks, but be cautious in doing so -- don't go all out with no fallback position. We might also look for positives in both positions -- there are some good things about the Four of Pentacles, after all. Being safe isn't a bad thing; perhaps we could temper the extremes of this outlook by reducing our walls a bit to let external influences color our outlook. To a Four of Pentacles person, this would almost be "taking a risk"!

Does this make you think of things in your life where it might apply? Are there positions or opinions where you've set yourself in stone and aren't open to other considerations? If so, maybe this is good -- and maybe it isn't. It never hurts to open up a little and "take a risk" to ensure we're taking the proper stance. Things seldom remain static -- generally, remaining fixed means losing ground!

And that's about it this time! I hope things go well for you this week and look forward to talking to you again next week. As always, if you're interested in a private reading, please try my sponsors above or my list of readers at . I also welcome your comments at !

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