October 17, 2018, Prescott-
Through my life, I have learned things from friends, which have been very useful. I have learned things from detractors and haters, which have also been very useful. The most recent hater in my life has cut off all contact, but not before leaving these tips:
- Presence is something in which I need to up my game, almost to the psychic level, if I want to live out the years I am intended to live.
- Messages can be scrambled. It is the duty of the reader or the hearer to unscramble them, if one’s true intent is to work for peace.
- Unintentionally, this person showed how to turn well-meaning people into adversaries, just by refusing to believe that any failure to provide assistance on demand, however small, was not subconsciously planned.
I could say that, in addition to Aspberger’s, I might have a touch of ADD. I was raised, though, to not offer excuses. I do need to make presence an up-game focus for the next 14.5 months, so that there are no more “G’s”, or if there are, that I will be less blameworthy, when things go sideways.
My priorities have been Faith, family and work, in that order. Those who have none of the above, often cannot understand such logic, or to the extent they do understand it, they resent it. There are more “hurting people” who hurt others, in spite of their original intent, than society wants to acknowledge.
These people on the margins are going to be part of a convergence, an in-gathering, that is coming, and sooner than we like to think. Their perceptions will be skewed, their tempers will be frayed and many in the communities will want them to go back out on the fringes. This will prove a serious mistake. I already see this happening with people living in the national forests, around commercial structures- and in city parks.
Their anger is troublesome. Their demands are highly vexing. Their patience with the rest of us is shot. I have spent a fair amount of time with homeless people, over the past four years. In two significant cases, individuals looked at me as being very well off. The two also saw my scattered attention as a severe sign of disrespect. In a sense, they were right. Communication between one who relies on a phone and a laptop, is mostly diurnal and holds down a job, with those who have spotty connectivity, are nocturnal and are unemployed or post-employed, is pretty much one-hand-tied-behind-the back.
It has to happen anyway. Thinking out of the box, seeing the skills of those on the edges and tapping in to those skills, from the get-go, is the only way the reluctant convergence will work.