I think there might be something similar going on with the "Occupy Wall Street" movement that has been growing over the past few weeks. Early on, there was criticism that there was no unifying theme, no list of demands, no blueprint for a way forward. And that's true. The media questioned whether a group of people who were just trying to draw attention to something they felt was wrong in the economic fabric of America, could succeed. It's too early to tell, of course, but I am encouraged that the movement is sparking thought and consideration from those who are beinning to pay attention. If nothing else, people are finding a voice, and the freedom to speak peaceably without necessarily making demands. This is worth noticing.
It reminds me of four rules for living that a friend shared a while ago from her readings. (They are attributed to various sources.) I've posted them on the bulletin board above my desk. They are:
1. Show up
2. Pay Attention
3. Tell the Truth
4. Detach from the Outcome
The first step is just to show up, to be available, willing to make the effort to stand for something. Second is the commitment to be open, to notice especially that which concerns us as humans, what touches our hearts. Third, there is a willingness to speak the truth. To speak it in love, without violence, but firmly and clearly so as to be assured that people are able to hear. Finally, there is the necessity to detach from the outcome. You can only do your part.
But we are responsible for our own part. We cannot be content with just sitting back. This is true whether it refers to improving democracy in America, building a loving relationship with our spouse, friend, or workmate, or taking part in our own personal transformation. Whatever you may think of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, this much is true. They are showing up, and I find that inspiring.