Thursday, September 24, 2009

Can You Hear Me Now?

I have been sidelined with regard to what is happening in the political world, but I found this very interesting.

Years ago the people of Tennessee told their legislators they didn't want certain legislation. They wrote letters, they called and they faxed. The legislators persisted, so the people emailed until the system crashed. The legislators said they didn't care what the people wanted; they were going to do it anyway. With all other avenues exhausted the citizens drove to the capital where the legislators cowered in their offices refusing to hear them. That led to days and weeks of constant horn honking and protestors at the state Capitol building.  The people prevailed and the whole episode spawned a whole new group of candidates and activists that have continued to greatly influence the direction of my state.

Seems another group of people are tired of being ignored. 

Check it out
Operation Can You Hear Us Now?

Still Here

In case you're wondering, I'm still here. I have learned a lot of things that I did not know. Sometimes I think I could write a book on what we are never told about the dichotomy of emotions, the incongruity of beginnings and endings. It can be overwhelming, but the dust is finally beginning to settle.

I offer this little bit of advice from my experience:
  • You call the person who is hurting; they don't have the energy to call you.
  • Talk about the one who is gone. It will probably choke up some people, but they don't want to be the only one thinking/talking about the person.
  • Do not judge anyone regarding the way they grieve. Each of us is unique and we mourn just as uniquely.
Just in case you did not know-it will change you.