Open Letter (IFP)

Open Letter to my mentor group

Here is what we should do Tuesday

Texts we should discuss
The Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Questions we should ask

To what extent are we responsible for other peoples feelings and thoughts?
Meet your conflict with a positive mindset to overcome it?
How do you treat unexpected conflict?
How would you deal with conflicting opinions?
To what extent can you treat negative actions aimed to towards you with kindness?
What is the best way to deal with conflict?
What makes you truly feel joy?

the protocol we might use
An open conversation with facilitators facilitating the conversation towards conflict and how you should try to approach most things with a positive mindset even if things aren’t going your way.

Why it matters
It matters to use creative texts as a way to explore feelings and emotions in a figurative way. Analysing literature helps invoke empathy and helps you find things you always knew but never realised, creating a new perspective on life.  Using literature to understand emotions is very powerful.

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One thought on “Open Letter (IFP)”

  1. Great post, Tanya. I look forward to seeing how the protocol you have identified lubricates the conversation and encourages all members of your mentor class to contribute 🙂

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