Think of traffic. The faster we go, the harder to avoid collision. We are many. We are diverse. Our empathy mechanisms are on overdrive.
Result? We pull back, shut down, isolate.
Kids do it. Teens do it. Family members do it. Workers do it.
Teamwork? Community? Family? Too tired, too hard, too much!
Think of the economy. “Do more with less.” Work harder for the same or less pay.
Result? Fatigue. Overwhelm. We strive for resiliency, tools, but self-help won’t fix this.
Think of school, health care, work, religion. Sit side by side. Nose in a computer. Face your teacher/Dr./Boss. Concentrate. Get the message. Individual effort and achievement = success.
Result? When we fail, we think something’s wrong with us. Leave education and religion.
Throw in trouble, mental illness, trauma. Governments, lawmakers, school administrators, insurance, and police step in, our least creative, compassionate solutions.
Result? Humans need connection, fun, inspiration, challenge, compassion and noble causes MORE THAN EVER!
The body says….IT’S TIME! GIVE ME SOMETHING, ANYTHING!
In Teaching Compassion, educator Kimberly Post Rowe for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development identifies the need to build connection in a classroom to move people from empathy to compassion.
InterPlay is twenty years old. Like a visionary, energetic young adult, its creative methods and simple ideas move people in all kinds of circumstances from overwhelm to ease, isolation to connection, and more importantly than ever, from withdrawal to compassionate engagement! A deep breath and a sigh, a quick round of naming things that we have in common, shaking out whatever we’re sitting on, bringing our fingertips together and lifting up common concerns. It’s the little things that will change the world.