falling to piecses apart

“The worst thing about falling to pieces is that humans can do it so quietly.”

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inkskinned tumblr <a canadian teen>

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Well.

 

 

Young people <if you aren’t hasty … and you actually pay attention to them> can say some fairly poignant things.

 

Sometimes I think we shrug off their insightful thinking based on an attitude of … ‘what do they know … they haven’t experienced enough in life.’

 

And when we take that attitude … well … we miss out on fresh perspective.

The glimpse seen of things thru fresh eyes.

The feelings emoted from a fresh experience.

 

I use fresh because it is uncooked and raw. It is bare of cynicism … or optimism. It is simply a stark view on an experience.

 

Regardless.

 

Humans can fall to pieces so quietly.

 

falling to pieces secretlyThis goes beyond the ‘I’m fine’ response we get from the often flippant ‘how are you doing’ question we so often toss out.

<my thoughts on “i’m fine”:

http://brucemctague.com/i%e2%80%99m-fine

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This is the people, the humans, who on the outside are holding it together so well they don’t even get a ‘are you doing okay’ question.

This is the people who so quietly are falling apart.

 

By the way … this is NOT just a teen thing. This is just as much an adult thing as it is a teen thing.

 

So here’s the deal.

 

We, who are either slightly fallen apart or having fallen apart and put back together again or have figured out how to not fall to pieces at all, need to stop on occasion and … well … listen.

 

Listen closely for the sound one makes when they fall to pieces quietly.

Because there is a sound. It may be only a whisper of a sound. You may even confuse it for the rustle of falling leaves.being dead leaf

But.

Quietly or not … as the pieces fall apart they make a sound.

 

You just have to listen closely.

 

By the way … what differentiates humans from other species isn’t opposable thumbs or the size of our brains … but rather compassion and an interest in humans – interest as in seeing other people doing better, being better and just … well … having a better life.

While, of course, we want it to be better for ourselves we don’t want it to suck for others.

 

The difficulty in fulfilling this inner innate characteristic is the outer irate characteristic of Life. Life is always angrily demanding you to focus on it … and not the other humans occupying Life.

 

blooming_in_the_rainLook.

 

I am not suggesting saving humanity.

 

One Canadian teen just reminded me that saving a human … just one … can sometimes be enough.

 

You just have to listen closely.

 

Humans can fall to pieces so quietly.

 

 

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