Do you remember that kid’s game where we’d turn off the lights and do whatever we could unseen before the lights were turned back on and we were caught in the act? None of us wanted to be seen in embarrassing or compromising positions and all of us wanted to get away with something embarrassing or compromising before we could be seen. And if someone had created embarrassment for us, part of the game was to get back at them next time the lights switched off and on again.
Sometimes it seems like entire portions of the human race are caught up in the real-life version of that game. And the consequences are, well, unspeakable.
Other than pull the metaphorical covers over our heads, what on earth can we do?
And start small.
What’s the area of your life where you’re feeling, thinking, acting out violence and ignorance? Yes, I know it’s really sucky to be caught with your pants down and the lights off, even when it’s just you looking. That’s why you’re starting with a little bitty patch of life that feels manageable (not the 24 room, 7 vehicle garage mansion with a pool and a labyrinth).
Just bring that little patch to light. Let yourself in on all the emotional and mental violence. Explore for areas of ignorance or misinformation or short-sightedness.
‘Tis the season for enlightenment, so go with the trend.
Whatever holidays you celebrate, may you have the safety and opportunity to celebrate with brilliant abandon.