Talking Story Is Hospitality

Rosa Say, the mistress of value stories at Talking Story, loves to share her Hawaiian heritage and its subtle messages of positive force with all of us. Rosa also loves for us to share along with her.

Through this month of July, Talking Story was brimming with Ho’okipa, the Hospitality of Complete Giving. It’s a privilege as well as an honor to be among those writers who contributed and shared thoughts that not only helped each of us clarify our thoughts about hospitality, but, perhaps, also imparted some wisdom.

Moving, Looking, Thinking

If it appears to you that my posting for the last week or so has been somewhat sporadic, that’s because it has been. This trend is likely to last for another little while until the search for a new apartment is over.

This move is a little more involved than the pack ‘n plunk of last winter, when I made the temporary move to stay with one of my sisters. This time there’s more distance involved — perhaps as little as twenty miles, possibly fifty or sixty. As if the distance factor weren’t enough, being without a car means this leg of the adventure is one of phone calls, internet searches, and public transportation. Contrary to how it sounds on the face of it, there’s definitely an element of fun.

Yesterday was the beginning of the public transportation treks and my thoughts went totally off-topic when the first bus made a scheduled stop at the jail. Oh, pardon me, I should have said “correctional facility”.

What ran through my mind was something I’ve heard many times over the years: “He/she doesn’t belong in jail. He/she needs help.”

It’s an unfortunate fact that that’s a true statement for too many people. But does the answer lie completely at the back door? I don’t think it does.

Troubled minds don’t happen today and lead to a jailible offense tomorrow. The signs have been posted, the flags have been waved, long before the disasters started to spell destruction. That being the case, what kind of help is expected? Maybe more to the point, what kind of help will actually help? Would appropriate facilities be the big fix. Not necessarily.

I don’t claim to have any of the answers. So, what am I saying? I’m saying that it might be time to do some real, creative thinking about how to best help people with problems before the jail doors are swung shut. It’s time to become aware of what’s going on around us before it’s going on to us. We can put a man on the moon, why can’t we keep sick people out of jail?