I/Me — We/Us…

Mitch Schneider
March 23, 2020

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Walking is good! It is moving meditation and like ‘windshield time,’ it allows you the opportunity to process information almost unconsciously.

We tried getting out this morning. Unfortunately, we’ve waited until March here in Southern California, to receive the rain that normally falls in January and February. We had to cut our walk short when the sky opened up and more water started falling from the sky! But not so short there wasn’t enough time to ponder at least a few elements of our current reality.

I/Me — We/Us

One of those was the tension that normally exists between I/Me and We/Us. I’ve always thought of myself as a We/Us person. Someone who recognizes that however much we’d like to believe we’re in this alone, we’re still interdependent members of a greater society. One of the problems with being a We/Us person is the amount of discomfort you’re likely to experience when confronted with predominantly I/Me individuals.

I’m not sure there is a better example of I/Me than the captured comments and behaviors of kids like these fully involved in their spring break partying.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I was selfish and stupid as a kid. I’m betting most of us were. However, I wasn’t selfish or self-indulgent.

It wasn’t a luxury I could afford.

I was enrolled in college when I was their age. But it was at night to accommodate a We/Us need for me to work full-time at our family business.

I believe there is a place for I/Me in our society, even now while we’re in the middle of this Covid-19 crisis. A need for us to take care of ourselves so we can take care of each other.

An opportunity to ‘put our masks’ on first in order to help those around us.


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