Day 142

3PM:

After another family “party” that included surface politeness, nice but not caring and pretending to “know you,” the following quote came to mind: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  Edmund Burke said that in the 18th century.  In this century, in this world, in the midst of this dilemma, this quote means to me…

  • asking “how are you” and not waiting for the response
  • not being brave
  • not remembering significances
    • Earlier this week I asked a colleague how her parents were doing (she had briefly mentioned that her father was in the hospital) and she was floored that I remembered, the flood of stories/emotions/dialogue that followed showed me that she was just waiting for someone to remember, to ask, to care, to do something
  • thinking “it’s not my place” and letting others suffer as a result
  • avoiding having the tough conversations
  • placating – keeping things at 60% as opposed to fighting/working through 20% to find 99%

This quote turned ME into the me right now…

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