Equanimity and the Twitterverse

Increasingly, I travel the Twitterverse, never a dull trek. It is good schooling in my practice of equanimity for I am easily given to the quick tweet. This morning’s trip was a tough one.

The President-elect is being schooled in many government matters not the least of which is the First Amendment of our Constitution. He is quite disappointed in his lessons, if his tweets are any indication.

He is learning government is not a business after all but a fluid organization–lifelike–resembling a great oak whose constitutional trunk bears three main branches. After 237 years, each branch has filled out; roots and limbs are well-connected.

Business has rules, which are easily changed, mostly with the comings and goings of CEOs. A freewheeling democracy is lofty in ideals, multicultural, open to people and their dreams. It is not a confined existence.forever-0215

Government is livelier–very messy–given to equanimity, to choices for its people. Equanimity is being open to each experience–no matter how impossible it seems–it is to stand in one’s truth, to respond because it is the right thing to do.

It is a hard practice, I find, and am given to the quick, reactive tweet.

And there is an art to the Twitterverse, equanimity in 140 characters/letters. It is the difference between being clever and being thoughtful. Regardless, one tweet buries another, the moment passes into the next.

But there are days I need to tweet or so I believe. If I can be clever, so much the better, convinced I will make a difference. I am standing in my truth or am I?

Thought so.

This morning, I walked away from the Twitterverse and came here to sort my practice of equanimity. Like the President-elect, I have lessons to learn.

The art of life lies in a constant

readjustment to our surroundings.

(Kakuzo Okakura)

Aim for Even posts offer equanimity in daily doses. No day or dose is ever the same, even if the aim is. You may read about the origins of Aim for Even here or on this site’s About page.

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