How Do You Label?

I can’t get away from Docudharma today.  Every diary has been intriguing.  Commenters are on fire. And I keep generating more questions which beg for conversation.

Plf515 wrote an essay about the use of labels and how we perceive and use them.

Buhdy has been writing about who we are and what we are about.  

NLOB has been contributing to our collective understanding.

Robyn writes so eloquently and heart-wrenchingly and always insightfully about self-identity, inclusiveness and ostracism as an integral part of who she is.

And many others are writing and thoughtfully commenting about us, who we are, what our purpose is and what our contributions are and can be.

To that end, I am interested in learning about:

how you describe yourself

how your describe Docudharma

and

what your perceived discrepancies are between how you are and how you wish to be

how docudharma is and how you wish it to be

Anyone game?

How I perceive myself:

A thinker

A listener

A writer

Sensitive to the needs of others

Empathetic

Stubborn

Trying to be open-minded

Learning disabled

Often confused

Often surprised

Appreciator of music

Appreciator of good works

Appreciator of nature

Rejector of discrimination

Rejector of social injustice

Distrustful

Aloof

Shy

Tolerate, but dislike, ambiguity

Notably, I didn’t mention gender, familial role, occupation, age race or other census-type identifier.

Docudharma:

Community

Like-minded individuals

Progressive values

Inclusive to a point

Creative

Talented

Inconsistent

Future oriented

Peace-loving

Hard-working

Intelligent

Passionate

Sensitive

Again, community is described very differently than that of the categories plf515 used in his examples.

Gaps Between Extant and Preferred States

I want to become a person who likes people, can learn to trust people and who enjoys the company of others, as I would like them to enjoy my company.

I would like to see the Docudharma community emerge as a progressive agenda leader.  To that end, I would like to see more inclusivity of those who hold disparate ideas and opinions, with a rigorous application of critical analysis to test ideas, to develop ideas and to promote ideas with a total absence of ad hominem attacks.

I hope you’ll comment about your own perceptions.  Maybe this will help us build mutual understanding and will help us to develop the community of Docudharma.

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  1. Have at it.  And feel free to disagree with my perceptions.

    • Alma on November 19, 2007 at 4:07 am

    Me on Me

    fair

    nurturer

    empath

    lead with my heart

    volunteer

    doer

    tolerant

    patient

    sarcastic

    humorous

    withdrawn

    stubborn

    depressed

    angry

    frustrated

    sad

    What I would change

    I wish I could be happy again, and I wish I could change the negative emotions to positive, but that requires a whole bunch of stuff getting fixed.

    Docudharma

    toddler learning to walk

    great group of caring people

    mainly doers

    respectful,safe, fun place

    place to learn, and plan

    DD for the future

    learn to run together with ideas

    a force for fairness, and action, without losing our humor

    able to put together ideas and disperse through the world

    • Robyn on November 19, 2007 at 4:17 am

    …and occasionally too few.

    • Edger on November 19, 2007 at 4:26 am

    that in some way describe a sort of essence of experiences.

    But some songs I hear kind of describe myself to me.

    • Edger on November 19, 2007 at 4:50 am

    It’s a place to open up and say all the stuff that people would look at me cross-eyed for and back away from for saying in the “real world”. But here people understand it and it seems to connect.

    It’s kind of a place for thoughts we all have to float freely in without concern for whether they are “correct” or not… which is I think what buhdy intended.

    • I ain’t hidin from nobody, ain’t nobody hidin’ from me
  2. I’m clueless most of the time.  If I accept that as fact more often than not my day goes better and usually my life.  I do my best to remember the child that I am along with everything else and take her with me where I go.  She didn’t have such a judgemental problem and she asked a lot of questions.  She also saw the Easy Bake Oven commercial, wanted the Easy Bake Oven, got the Easy Bake oven and then she made chemical tasting food that nobody under the age of six could bring themselves to eat using a light bulb…..she bought the goods once and it was crap 😉

    Docudharma is sustaining soup for the trying soulful journey.

    • KrisC on November 19, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Me:

    tall

    playful

    happily married

    mostly happy (in general)

    somewhat damaged

    distrustful of authority

    hard working (even tho I’m a stay-at-home-mom)

    nurturing

    impatient sometimes

    thoughtful

    respectful

    well-mannered

    insightful

    intelligent, but always eager to learn more

    optimistic

    balanced

    visual

    Docudharma:

    awesome

    great community

    fun-loving

    respectful

    energetic

    inspiring

    educational



    Perceived discrepancies in myself:


    I wish I had more patience, but it’s a work in progress.

    I would like to be happier, but I feel these times we live in are highly questionable therefore I cannot pretend to always be happy.

    I wish to be more inspirational-to my family, our DD community, other on-line communities I consider myself a member of and of course my RL friends.

    Perceived discrepancies in DD:

    as in any on-line community-lack of conversational context.

    really that might be it…

    I really enjoy this place, as you can see, my computer is always on and logged onto DD.

    I do my housework, stop by, comment, read, play with the kids, live life, write.

    Thanks for the forum Aek.  Great idea!

  3. Human Being

    I try to live up to it

    it is not always easy

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