Sunday, February 03, 2008

Does it matter who STARTED the fire?

I'm busy today (and have been for a couple of weeks now) preparing new presentations for new clients. Today it's for a statewide safety and health conference where I'm presenting and facilitating four breakout sessions Monday and Tuesday.

One of the presentations is called "Are You A Firefighter or A Fire Starter?" As I'm updating the information for the presentation, I've started thinking about blame and upset and the other things that keep us stuck right where we are. As I was thinking about this, Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" came to mind.

So I went out to YouTube and found this really thought-provoking video.

What's important - who started the fire or whether or not someone stands for stopping it?


At 7:24 PM, Blogger circe said...

I really liked this, thanks for sharing it.

At 4:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. I had no idea how apt Billy Joel's song could be. I guess, in the long-run, people shouldn't focus on who started the fire. Instead, they should focus on putting it out. It's like a fight between two friends. In the end, don't you just want the friendship back? Putting everything behind and working together can definitely forge a stronger relationship.

At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was fantastic, thanks. The celebration of life and the sense of belonging to a "family of things" [Mary Oliver].

Thanks very much.

At 8:31 AM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Kirsten, Jay & Jo:

Thank you so much for your comments here! And thank you, Jo, for the Mary Oliver thought. I really appreciate her (and your) perspective!

If we can give up our collective egos and just start today in standing for our beliefs, as you said Jay, in the case of a feud between friends - that just feels so much better than carrying the burden so long that we don't even remember what the feud was about in the first place.

Let's stand together and stop the fire!


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