Turning to One Another


If there is going to be any true resolution to the homeless problem in the Burien area it is going to take Burien area residents working together finding solutions. Arguing back and forth, not listening to each other finger pointing, name calling, etc only creates divisiveness.

As citizens we need to learn how to agree to disagree, how to respect those we disagree with, and to realize that if someone disagrees with us does not mean they do not respect us.

The poem titled Turning to One Another by Margaret Wheatley says it all. It talks about finding those who have the same passion as you. It talks about learning from each other, talking to those we have not met before, talking to those we perceive as our enemies. It talks about learning from each other, being willing to even accept maybe your way is not the only way. Listening to other’s stories and learning from them.



Let’s Turn to Each Other


There is no power greater than a community
discovering what it cares about.

Ask, “What’s possible?” Not “what’s wrong?”
Keep asking. Notice what you care about.

Assume that many others share your dream.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.

Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you don’t know.
Talk to people you never talk to.

Be intrigued by the differences you hear.
Expect to be surprised.
Treasure curiosity more than certainty.

Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.

Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
Know that creative solutions come from new connections.

Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know.

Really listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations
can change your world.

Rely on human goodness.
Stay together.

-Margaret Wheatley

 If you agree, how about working with others to find and implement solutions?
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