You have your experience. You walk in. You survey. You hear some stories, but don’t listen to the on the ground stories. You assume you have the whole picture. You collect your posse. You survey, once more. Your posse validates your view, yet you still do not examine the on-the-ground picture. The on-the-ground recognizes they need help, yet they are sceptical of the help you offer. Your help isn’t really helping. Your help assumes you are the trusted expert who knows all. You assume your limited view has given you all you need in the world though you juxtapose it with the statement recognizing you don’t know everything. The on-the-ground is frustrated, concerned, and unsure if this change is really for the better.
All the world’s a stage. This keeps coming up for me. When I read as a lecture during Catholic mass, but especially when I help put on an event. Each space has its directors, its producers, its actors who all play a pivotal role. Each space has its problems and everyone has to pivot. And, the thought has occurred to me – everyone should, yes, I daresay should, take some acting classes in their formative years so they can truly learn the ins and outs of “all the world’s a stage.”