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Dear President Donald Trump

Dear President Donald Trump,

Recently the news showed a lady walking along the sidewalk texting. In front of her was a hole about three feet wide and over three feet long. Maintenance workers had lifted the grate that covered the hole and left it up while they worked in the hole. The lady walked toward the hole not noticing the grate raised about three feet high.  As I watched her walk toward it, I was sure she could see the gigantic hole and would not fall in it. Her mind was so focused on texting she never saw the hole, flipped right over the grate and fell into the huge hole in the ground.

The reason she did not see the big hole was because her attention was somewhere else. Similarily, when two people are in a room talking they may both hear or see something different, depending on where their attenton is focused. What either saw or heard  is simply a judgment that may or may not reflect what actually took place.

Awareness is focusing on a single thing. Without awareness we are unconscious to our surroundings. During these times we are only vaguely aware of our actions or of the details of our work or of the feelings of our family. Actions that we take when we are unaware or unconscious, generally are not part of our plan  and were not intended. Too often, when we reflect back on these periods of “unconsciousness” we regret the actions that we took. We are lucky if  those actions did not cause too much damage.

The reason I am writing Mr. President is because I see a gigantic hole ahead and it seems you are about to fall in it.

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