Posts Tagged ‘Takes a Village’

Contributing Factors

Posted: March 30, 2019 by Ty in Soul Psalms
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To often the refrain for those in human services who ask for help staying emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically healthy (or all of the Medicine Wheel) is that if you can’t keep yourself healthy, it is not the employer’s responsibility just get the f’ a new job. It is a self-centered take based on the belief we are an independent species…

Interdependence is the truth.

No one has gotten anywhere by themselves.

We do not build our own cars, roads, farm our own food…for a start…

but also…it takes some biological necessities for us to even exist yet alone be birthed.

Why then…

Do we attack those whose hearts are trying to make the world better?

Tears as the lies continue to add to harm.

Just get a church.

Pray.

Have a strong faith.

Get a hobby.

Self-care is up to you.

You can’t have coffee hear

your 20 minutes are up

Morning prep before work….

No public spaces,

library closed as early shift.

Public college kicks out anyone they deem “not looking like they belong”

City Hall, the citizens building, has security

Other spaces spiked, removed seating

work is “mobile”

No space to decompress

to gather thoughts

to release and be healthy

Never mind normalizing of bullying train…

Yet it is up to us to stay healthy.

Us and us alone,

as we journey through the darkness

to aid someone in finding their…

hope…

Home…

If you crash

You are a simple cog,

that can be replaced by less experience,

Cheaper

on the bottom line…

How different would our world be…

If we embraced one another

supported

included…

walked healing…

Contributing Factors

being growth of health

community

and hope…

Not isolation

tearing down

trauma…

What do you contribute?

Anger or hope?

To make a better world…

Tears have flowed today, as seizures have waned for the day, flashbacks coming faster, easily triggered by subtleties. As one ponders, if a better world is awaiting…


One gets a perspective on the world when they are engaged working with those without voice to discover voice. Whether it is a certain population, community, spiritualist, sectarian or political movement… or a child. It is the little moments when kindess can be modeled and taught. It is a proven fact cited by many sources and many times over (learned while a mentor with the Alberta Mentor Foundation for Youth; and re-integration mentor with Calgary Young Offender’s Centre) that an adult committing 1 hour a week minimum in a positive way into a child/adolescent’s life can change that life for the better.

Yet too often as adults we drop the ball horribly. I am not yearning for yesteryear, but publicly there was accepted behaviours, privately–well I am glad the roof has been blown off the private abuse. BUT we still need to understand what it means to be, well, human and to be a good citizen. This is the investment, the colloquially it takes a village, for we all need to participate. Unfortunately the extremism of Right/Left political spectrum helicopter parenting/parents-rights movements have shattered this ability.

What am I speaking of?

We no longer understand the simplicity. And as a community will no longer call out and hold accountable bad behaviour, but rather will seek the most expedient method responsible for ending conflict, even (and usually does) mean removing the voice of the bullied.

If we can’t understand yes means yes, no means no in sharing toys of snacks…

In schools we tackle the “no sharing rule” or the “only sharing with those that you play with outside of school. Yet we do not address the harassment that comes with “No” for the person who brings the snack and maybe does not want to share with someone. It is the movement of independent rights, separated completely from interdependent responsibility.  Reaction is to cancel sharing, or to allow harrassment to continue until the resolution is for the afflicted to give in, or simply feel so scared not to bring something to school as a snack.

This is seen in play groups, when my child would start playing with something, and another child would want it and demand they share. Parents would say our child was mean when they would continue playing until done, then pass on. “That’s not sharing”. Yes, that is sharing, she/he did not want to play with your child, but the toy, the time was up, and passed on to the next in line. Watching your child harass the other child until they are reduced to tears or pass the toy over, or attempt to share only to have your child walk away without you saying anything teaches nothing but that the most important needs in the world are the ones of your child.

Same repeat story in the Public Libraries with technology, the card allows for x numbers of minutes for each cardholder. One child’s time is not more valuable than another, they may choose to play together (kids have a knack for finding friends adults will never see–a maybe or yes to creating a better world), but also no is a proper answer and waiting your turn is a proper answer. Child or adult harassing or shaming the one using the device is not the proper response to no or wait your turn please. Staff watching this behaviour and not interceding shows that this behaviour is acceptable and will be tolerated in public with no repercussions.

The other piece is the “teach abuser grooming behaviour for victim” where the apology is not actually acknowledging what was done was wrong (ala I am sorry you felt that way, or (insert rationale to my behaviour here) or blame the situation or purchase the “sorry you are mad at me present”.

These are behaviours in our children. If we cannot get them before adolescence to understand simple things like Yes means yes, no means no. Taking turns is sharing. You are not the only/most important individual in the world. In a community everyone has value.

HOW ARE WE TO GET THEM TO UNDERSTAND:

  1. Significant others do not owe you sex.
  2. When you ask someone out, you are not entitled to a yes…they can say no…then leave them be.
  3. Domestic violence is wrong.
  4. Emotional/verbal/spiritual harassment-abuse-manipulation is wrong
  5. Involuntary Celibates (or any other hate adjective) really is simply you are the ass no one wants to be around. It is time for self-reflection not violence (so no the van driver in Toronto and the Texas School shooter are not the victims, they are the violence bringers).

Consent is fairly simple. Yes many generations in general have struggled with it to the detriment of humanity, and harm of many persons. We are at a point in time where that needs to change, the movements have been subtle and overt to bring this change. How do I know this? Look at the resistance building to change, it is at a tipping point for a better world for our children.

The better world. That what is to be built upon the world we have for the next generation, 7 generations down.

Let old ideas melt away, new ones take root and grow fully. Learn from what is being born, and be the person.

As our village raises this generation, we need to be part of the positive tipping point.

Will you?