We can not Oversee Oversea

Written after co-facilitating a workshop session on sustainability during an expert conference of the Dutch Governmental Agency: Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries.

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We can not oversee

What happens oversea

 

We can not know

What it is like – to be

One of the last one’s in the row

 

We, at least, me

Those born in privilege

Can only begin

To imagine

 

To breathe fumes

To swallow dirt

To wander in waste

 

Only imagine

And realize

Most of us

Would run away in haste

 

Most of us

Would like, for

Things to be different

 

Life to be better

 

More resilient

More adaptive

More stable

More healthy

Humans

In Earth

 

We cannot oversee

What happens oversea

 

We cannot know

What it is like – to be

One of the last once in the row

 

Way more than

Half of us

Lives well below

The bottom line

 

And contrary to what

Some of us may think

This – is – not – fine

 

This can not continue

 

This is what we all

Contribute to and do

Cannot continue

 

This is not what

Life is meant for

 

This – in essence

Just isn’t true

Thank you!

Thomas

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Thomas van der Molen

Systemic Self-Leadership Coach, Change Facilitator, Poet

In my experience, our ability to deal with complex challenges, create positive change in any area of life, and contribute to a sustainable impact in the world around us, requires an authentic kind of self-leadership that starts with getting clear where you’ve been, where you are now, what really matters to you, where you really want to go or get, and especially how you will be and grow as a person along the way.

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