We have to do better

Last week I was flying from St. Louis to Minneapolis and only had 15 minutes from when the plane would land and the door closing on my next flight. I was hopeful when I heard the flight attendant announce, "If you do not have a tight connecting flight, please let the people that have tight connections deplane first."

When the door opened and people started exiting, I was disappointed. Not one of the people in front of me (I was in the back of the plane) waited to allow people with tight connections to go through. And more than half of them did not have tight connections (based on the numerous conversations I had waiting for the door to open).

I was encouraging a woman in her late teens from Canada. I was trying to convince her that she would make her connection. She looked at me and asked, "How come none of the people are letting us pass?" I felt like I had to tell her the truth. I said, "They are frightened and not able to get out of their own little worlds." We both were sad. Sad that we might miss our flight, and sad that people were not able to help us out.

In my 2010 white paper, I to We: 5 ways to expand your level of consciousness (free download), I start with the paper's main idea, "We no longer have the luxury of seeing ourselves as separate from the world around us. We cannot afford self-centered behavior. We are going to have to work together. We need new ways of thinking to interact collaboratively and live collectively as a people. In order to survive and flourish in the new world, we are going to have to expand our level of consciousness from I to We."

I made my flight. But still, we have to do better.

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