This is a world of 7+ billion people.
We are primarily narcissistic, but have the capacity to be so much more. Most of us, on all sides of any issue, are feeling our needs are unmet. Yet we are capable of (though maybe not willing to) hold the "*AND* space" where all needs are met and peace is possible.
Dollars, governments, and competition are held up as values, yet we are capable of so much more humanity, so much more gentleness, so much more social connection and thereby social justice.
It's a practice, not a perfect. And people die, thousands every single day, as the latest practice fails, and we have to pick up and try again. It sucks. Perfection would be so much better. But humans are not perfect. Never will be.
So we wake up another day and continue practicing.
Today, when you notice your needs are not being met and you knee-jerk into anger, righteousness, or digging your heels in, *just notice* there is another option. You can practice moving off your narcissistic center and looking to see how the other person's needs are not being met either. And then try out a different reaction to see if the needs of you *both* can be met.
Just an idea.
Offered in honor of all that Mr. Scipione Alcibiade taught me about expressing ideas, being kind, and seeing the world beyond the end of my own nose.
Miracles to you,