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Lots of miners died – so did the Polish President and his wife; Tiger is back out on the green but people seem more interested about what happened off the green; Priests continue to be accused of what Priests get accused of; Apple’s stock is approx 150 pts higher than it was around this time last year; Some schools are paying kids to learn; and on and on…
So what does this tell you about yourself?
For me, Sunday is a reminder to pause and ask, not just “what happened?” – aka news events (filtered through media orgs) typically viewed at face value – but “what is happening?” – to me, right here, right now… How we respond and feel about news events and stories are more about us. Any story can be viewed for ‘what it is’ but do they also trigger metaphorical questions if we take the time to make these connections?
Lots of ways people do to this: houses of worship, outdoor activities, the 50 minute hour, yoga, Sunday morning news shows (although this arguably abdicates the reflection out on to the pundits) – a walk in the woods (with or without the dog), making art, being present with your kids…
So what did actually happen and what is happening?
- What in my life has died?
- Can I go back to something I once did despite how others may react to it? Or is it time to move on to something else?
- What is behind the core patterns and behaviors that seem to reoccur in my life?
- What was I doing a year ago that can be considered successful one year later?
- What is my true compensation for learning? Is it money or something else?
News can trigger all sorts of questions if we take a moment to stop and really ask, “What Happened and What’s Happening”?