6 Sept 2016 Personal Revelations: I’m Like a Switchboard Operator! Human Family poem by Maya Angelou….”we are more alike my friends than we are unalike” Are we focused more on how we are different than we are alike and is this what is tearing our world apart?!

Hello!  It’s about 1:32 pm as I write to you again today.  Something important has come up….a revelation of sorts!  I had gone outside and was listening to the song Midnight by Coldplay and suddenly I realized something about myself.  I realized that the way I operate, what I “do” in this world is a lot like what the old time telephone switchboard operators did…I connect people.  I recieve a message and or information, find the person/place or thing (group) it belongs to and then I try to get it there in whatever way I can.  Sometimes I am successful and sometimes it takes many different tries but if I’m supposed to get a connection made, the way to do it eventually is presented to me! I ran in the house and wrote some fast notes, used the bandstand as my chalkboard as I sometimes do and then decided a drawing with an explanation might be useful.  You know who triggered the switchboard idea?  Dr. Temple Grandin and her explanation of the spectrum of Autism with the analogy of a mixer board musicians use to mix music!


*Words in my explanation drawing:  Different kinds of thinkers trying to solve the same problems need to be connected.  I see the connection points and try to connect the “thinkers” together like a switchboard operator for the old telephone systems used to connect people.  I see how the different “thinkers” are the same and what they want is the same….to solve their shared problem!  I try to get them to meet each other…to collaborate.  Listening to music or singing/dancing/movement while I’m outside helps me find these connection points…be able to “connect the dots.”  I can see how we are the same..alike….more than we are unalike…Maya Angelou   Notes under switchboard:  Facebook, email, letters, drawings, blog, talking to people and exchanging business cards, networking, movies, music, books, photos, poetry, dreams are all “pathways” for info and connections not just between humans but outside “sources” too!  Muses, inspiration….imagination.

Another thing is from a very young age, and I even got admitted into a gifted writing program in Junior high school for this, is I think in terms of analogies….how things are “like” each other versus how they are different.   For example: “An open window in springtime is like the loving arms of a Father.”  I have had the revelation that not only am I like a switchboard operator but I make the “connections” because I have the ability to see how people, animals, plants, places are alike more than how they are unalike.  This is why every time I’ve had an admission to a place like Mesa Springs, I have had the experience of seeing more than one person in a single person – it’s because I can see how a person is “like” another person.

I wonder if one of the keys to world peace is being able to start looking at the world and it’s lifeforms in terms of how we are the same and not focus on the differences.  I mean it’s great to have special gifts, be unique and different but when we emphasize those things to the point that it splits us all apart into the “less thans” and the “more thans”….then being different isn’t so great.  May be we should backpedal a bit and start to focus on all the things we have in common with each other and the worlds life forms around us and THEN celebrate the differences?  Just a thought.

I am Different, not Less – Dr. Temple Grandin  

(my paraphrase on this quite:  I am not less because I’m just like you but I have “different” gifts the world needs because the world needs all sorts of thinkers to make it great…thank you Dr. Grandin!!!)

This song is so powerful for me!!  Coldplay Midnight



http://www.ctadams.com/mayaangelou12.html – I heard this poem for the first time during the Olympics this year and it resonated so strongly!

Human Family

Poem by Dr. Maya Angelou
Read at the dedication of the Disney Millennium Village

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.
Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.
The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.
I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land.
I’ve seen the wonders of the world,
not yet one common man.
I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.
Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.
We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.
We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.
I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends
than we are unalike.
We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

Written by Maya Angelou

*How are we the same as life forms on this planet?  We all need food, water, sunlight and sleep for starters!  How else?  We all bleed…plants may bleed green blood but they do bleed when they are cut just like we do.  Human beings all bleed red no matter what skin suite, position in society or government and we all die….each of our bodies in death become seeds for the life of future generations whether they be human, plant, insect, reptile, animal or tree.  The purified “vapor” of our last essences all end up in the same place….the clouds…clouds that produce rain so we can come home and start again.   Look closely at Earth’s respiratory, digestive and nerve systems and you will see a version of yourselves!


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