I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING!
Doing nothing has become a national disease.
Edmund Burke said it best, and we are witnessing it with our every breath: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Oh, yeah and women, too! I don’t consider working out, in, and on your digital devices “doing”.
Of course, I write this as I type away on my computer for the Blah, Blah Blog… and if that isn’t part of the digital media merry-go-round, I don’t know what is. I used to be perfect. I am not anymore. Mia Culpa.
I am up to my neck in excuses. I am sorry my friends, they just don’t work anymore.
Climate change does not excuse me from taking out the garbage. Fear of testing positive does not excuse me from paying rent. Continuous political upheaval does not excuse me from brushing my teeth.
I am not saying it isn’t tempting to blame the powers that be. It’s just that eventually, unless I am comfortable with my thumb stuck in my mouth or living in a state of permanent delusion (so tempting) or enjoy treading water getting nowhere, blame ultimately doesn’t work. Dare I list a few cliches? Cliches, for me, are usually based on a truth… Life isn’t fair. There is no free lunch. The piper must be paid.
The rant about excuses was inspired by a friend’s recent travel experience. An experience that is becoming more and more unexceptional, unfortunately. She was part of two perfect storms. The first was out of anyone’s control; the weather. A southern storm traveling north meets a northern storm traveling south and they give birth to many little storms along the east coast, which creates the monster of yet another airline breakdown. In the airline industry, it is now the rule to give you a ride you will never forget; hopefully, in time for you to make your next flight. The other perfect storm is a sad example of the ongoing decline of our humanity: Corporate policy and greed vs. Employee policy and apathy.
This storm appears to be out of our control as well. Please go back to Burke’s admonition. It has been said, a corporation is an entity. It is not people. I beg to disagree. A corporation is an entity made up of PEOPLE. And these people take very good care of their boards and investors. Not so much their paying public and not at all their employees. I don’t think you need to look further than corporate entities and more specifically, to the airline industry to discover why people are quitting jobs. If corporations are careless and irresponsible about their paying public and their employees, employees owe their employers no loyalty. If employees feel no loyalty then the inhumane treatment my friend received by underpaid and overworked airline workers appears justified. Right??? No! Not right!!!
I know. It’s confusing and difficult. How to maintain your humanity in the time of crises? Especially if you feel taken for granted. Here it comes guys. That is our job. It is easy to do the right thing when all is going according to plan. When my world goes awry, that is when I am called upon against the pressures around me, to respond empathically. Like you know what I mean, caring. I don’t have to do it well. I just have to remind myself there but for the grace of God go I.
There have always been those who would divide and exclude rather than add and include. That’s another perfect storm. The television series, Succession vs. the movie, The Tender Bar. Succession is a hit series about people in a corporate environment and their inhumanity. The Tender Bar, on the other hand, is a small movie about average people living average lives and always aware of their humanity.
Personally, I don’t care if you squeeze your toothpaste tube from the bottom or from the top, we all belong to the human race. And if on occasion you can lift your head away from your devices, remove your earbuds, and see and hear the person in front of you, it’s just possible you might recognize a piece of yourself in the other.
Talk about miracles!!!
I really love each and every one of you. How could I not if you take the time to read this Blog. So I offer you a discounted opportunity. I want to remind us all of our humanity. Even if you weren’t at the Sermon, you know the one that was on The Mount (no, silly, not Edith Wharton’s home).
DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU
It is soooo simple. Which is why it is soooo difficult.
Right??? Of course, right!!!
Love, Sally-Jane ❤️
P.S. Definition of Editor: A person who aids in the contents of text.
In my case, this is a profound understatement about my friend and editor, Lynnette Najimy.
For too many years, I have had the gift of Lynnette’s talents to successfully edit and publish my Blog without acknowledging her enormous contribution.
It was her idea to begin with. And because it required new mechanized skills, I fought her tooth and nail. She calmed all my fears and slowly awakened machine abilities I didn’t know I had. I still manage to make many mechanical errors and she constantly amazes me by pulling the magic bunny out of her hat many times.
However, her real gift is how she handles, an ego loaded, over the top, over sensitive, temperamental artiste. We know there is constructive criticism somewhere, but how come it’s never around when you need it to prime the pump of creativity. Not true with Lynnette. Working with her, I don’t even realize when she has moved me away from falling off the cliff. The cliff could be anything from writing garbled nonsense to throwing the baby out with the bathwater (a metaphor for losing the point of a story). Without skinning my very thin hide, she opens my eyes and my heart to what I have chosen to write about. Am I lucky or am I lucky? I am.
Thank You to my dear friend and editor.
With love, Sally-Jane ❤️
P.P.S. Always remember, no matter what the crisis, keep laughing!!