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the journey to mindfulness by Rick Brockman
 

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  • I once a long time ago and for a moment fancied myself "POTUS". It felt to me, at the very least and only to me, that I was a natural. I can laugh now at this fantasy, at such misinterpretation of messages that issued from my psyche in its battle with reality.

    Yes, I admit I struggled with reality for decades which was and is always a losing game! Ultimately life will out if one is lucky enough to survive.

    And at every turn in my life I was persistently and consistently in denial of messages people were signaling in the community, the workplace, even when I was just hanging out. It was just me in a war of attrition with my self and “you think you have it rough” - that ability to laugh at myself plus a measure of humility and, I believe, my perceptions brings me to this point.

    When I watch “the Donald” (excuse me for taking this liberty) I am mindful of the dangers of miscalculation and his seeming inability to laugh at himself, his arrogance, and his mis-perceptions. And when you add to this calculation that he is “the most powerful person on the planet” it takes on extra meaning, yes, I am given to understatement.

    I therefore write this piece as a justification for being mindful of your own position as well as mine in the journey ahead.
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