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July 23rd, 2007 – Your Shoes

July 23, 2007

How do I stand in the other person’s shoes?  As a coach, it’s important that I can see and hear things from your perspective – But what happens when I am suprisingly ignorant?

Yesterday I saw a video of Van Jones (a name you will come to know, I promise) talking to the facilitators of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium (I’m one.)  And he specifically spoke about our commitment to Social Justice.

I think of myself as diverse, a leftist at heart.  Three of my daughters have mixed race children – And I’ve lived through the 50s, 60s, … through the assasinations of Kennedy, King and Kennedy –

And I was deeply moved by Jones – I felt again the love – the loss, the anguish, the dashed hopes and dreams, the possibility destroyed.  And I cannot be in his shoes; I cannot know the black experience of those times – I am ignorant.  And will listen newly.