What I learned about the Role of Citizens, my Neighbors, and Myself at Town Eating Day

About the role of a citizen:
It seems to be a question of participation. It seems to be becoming more and more of a challenge as we try to understand and define what our roles are in a world where change is the only constant. Maybe the role of a citizen is to understand this and with that understanding connect with each other as we did last night. Maybe it is to understand that we have reasons we may or may not be able to participate. Maybe it is to be sympathetic of those reasons which prevent some from doing so. I don’t know. But I would like to. So maybe we can continue this conversation on here, gather together again in large or small groups to discuss it further.

About you, my neighbors:
I learned that I would like to learn more about you, to learn from you, and to be more than neighbors but to be good friends. Even if we disagree. And this includes those unable and unwilling to attend last evening’s meeting. I say this knowing and understanding that some may not return that sentiment which is, of course, okay. And that we all desire to be heard and appreciated and to understand.

About myself:
I know my perception shapes my and the reality of how I perceive others. I know we learn about ourselves through others which serve as a mirror and a key to understanding who we really are. And that Truth is how accurately those two concepts are able to align with one another. After percolating on last evening’s gathering these are the things I learned about myself. I learned that I must be more diligent in understanding what is shaping my perceived reality. I must be more sympathetic of others and their reasons to be involved or not. And I should take more care with my words so my tone does not undermine my message when I am sharing my thoughts on the list serv and beyond.

Best regards,
Nichole Hastings

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