I was talking to someone today about a new group program I’ve been wanting to launch for a few months, but have been hesitating. “What is it?” she asked and I explained what I had in mind. She then said, “That sounds like it could really help people. Why haven’t you launched it yet?” I paused and explained, “I’m afraid people will think it’s too new agey.” Delving deeper, she asked, “Who will think it’s too new agey?” Feeling a little exasperated, I blurted out, “THEM. THEY. I don’t know!” We both burst out laughing at the mutual recognition of the imaginary “they” I was so worried about.
“Oh,” she said wryly, “THEY are horrible, aren’t they?! Just awful! They never like anything.” “Yeah,” I said emphatically, “They’re SO judgmental!” “Terrible!” she cried out, “I hate them! All they do is try to make you feel bad.” “I know,” I lamented, “boy, do I know!”
The absurdity of us mocking the fictional “they” that we imagine mocks and judges us has been greatly amusing to me today. It’s been making me think about how much power we give away to “them.” How about you?
I’d love to hear your answers to those questions, especially that last one! Let’s make it US against THEM. I think we’ve got them outnumbered and can beat them if we try.
Jaya Savannah - Chief Inspiration Officer. Strategy Coach for Holistic Businesses. Trainer, speaker, and writer. Spiritually aware, yet street smart. Elephant lover.