X-Message-Number: 9478
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 15:43:09 +0100
From: Kennita Watson <>
Subject: Take a deep breath...

...pause a moment, let it out, and repeat after me:

	We're all on the same side.

We are too small a group to dwell on our differences; 
concentrate instead on our shared goals and interests.

I heard something interesting on the radio the other day.
I can't quote it exactly, but in effect it said:  when 
you perceive someone as attacking you, try reframing the
situation:  perhaps the attacker is fearful, and all
involved would be better served by your understanding or 
your compassion than by your counterattack.

Note:  thinking about "fearful of what?" can be an exercise
for the student of psychology or human relations, but 
judging the rationality of the fear, fixing the person 
with the perceived problem, etc. are not your job.  Your
mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help build 
and nurture this nascent community of persons to whom it is 
important to see the coming centuries.

Peace and productivity to all,
Kennita Watson


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