Not a word was spoken. Which is strange considering New Minds is a discussion group. But for nearly 20 minutes, all that was audible was a mix of whispering “ooh’s” and “ah’s”. Each group member waited eagerly for the next page to be turned.
Group member Tristan Cosino brought in Aaron Becker’s Journey: A Wordless Picture Book to share with the group. With elbows on our knees, we traveled along with the little girl protagonist. After the child-like story time, there was a moment spent to soak in the whimsy and then discuss it.
This experience goes to show that being quiet, and remaining patient can allow for the flows of different energies inside of us. Amazingly, all kids do this, remember that? Of course, there couldn’t be too much time spent away from words, I’m a writer after all, and we need words to have a decent conversation.
Matt Bors, a political cartoonist added some word bubbles to our March exploration of illustrations. These word bubbles, however, were deeply political.
These cartoons were shared by yours truly, Sean Froelich, and I was proud to take part in the grouply tradition of bringing something of my interest into discussion. We explored timely issues such as corporations gaining human rights, the cycles of fighting fire with fire in war, and the dwindling illusion of a prosperous job market.
We looked at the cartoons, had a chuckle, but then had to confront the smiling faces of Ronald McDonald and Chester Cheetah whom mask the ugly injustice of human beings, like you, being marginalized for the success of Corporate America.
In group we spend weeks and hours opening up to our thoughts and feelings, however we do find it essential to keep a firm foot in the world at large. It is our duty as citizens. It’s also true that inner and outer realities are connected. For example, When do you put on a Chester Cheetah smile for the sake of masking inner deceit? Come explore these questions with us!
- Sean Froelich