Zero Degrees of Separation

Wherever you go, there you are.

I could be anybody I wanted to be.

The traveling writer/blogger. The psychotherapist on vacation. The mysterious older woman on her own. Or all of the above, and more. Or none of these.

So what comes between us?

A lack of interest. Arrogance. Complacency. I watch tourists, and see so many people who travel in groups and therefore don’t have to mingle much with the local citizenry. They traverse a place with an almost rabid focus on seeing everything they can possible see in one day, and then collapsing in their hotel. I presume the hotel part, but saw the focus up close and personal.

The truth is, we are all brothers and sisters under the skin.

Our jobs and titles can be used to hide behind, just as language “barriers” can be used to pretend there is a vast distance between us and them. We do take our confirmation biases and unacknowledged prejudices with us into the world, along with all our better qualities, so wherever we go, there we are.

But consciously, mindfully, we can create connection.

Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist. Leans Left. Mindfulness practitioner before it was cool. LPC, M.Ed.

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