The Star Bellied Sneetches
“Now the star bellied Sneetches had bellies with stars. The plain bellied Sneetches had none upon thars.” There were the true star bellied Sneetches that felt they were superior because of their stars and decided to keep those without away from their marshmallow roasts or wouldn’t let them play on the beaches together. Then one day came Mr. Silvester McMonkey McBean with his Fix It Up Chappy machine. He gave stars to those without for a price, which wasn’t so nice. The original Star Bellies decided they needed to take theirs off. Again for a fee. They went back and forth. And back again, until they were all out of money. Mr. McBean took their money, his machine, and he left in the wake of their frustration. The Sneetches however learned their lesson and decided to include everyone in their fun since no one knew who was who.
Now you may ask yourself, “What in the world do Star Bellied Sneetches have to do with massage?” Nothing really. It is an observation that I’ve made in the past few days, weeks, and months. Those of you that are stopping to read this most likely have been to Essentially Massage and know that I sometimes have a tendency to make weird parallels.
After 6 weeks of being closed with no end in sight, I was one of the outspoken businesses that tried to have our voices heard. Not that I had planned to open without any precautions, but just enough to see those that needed help the most. To keep them out of the ER due to pain. Some called and cheered words of encouragement, while others became very creative with their comparisons and name-calling choices.
Then there is the ever-changing mask dilemma. Considering that we are closer than 6’ to clients and with you for 60-90 minutes at a time, we will be wearing masks for the time being. The rage and hate, the name-calling of family, friends, neighbors, and strangers due to their choice of mask-wearing is much like the Sneetches. One group firmly believes they are better than the other, when in fact we have several Silvester McMonkey McBean’s telling us different information on a daily basis.
In all my years, I have never seen so much divide amongst my peers, family, and friends. Strangers on Facebook that share posts and encourage hateful treatment to someone they don’t know and hasn’t done any harm to them. It obviously goes much deeper than just masks today. All I ask is that we behave like the Sneetches after they have nothing left but each other. Use our logical reasoning minds, ask questions, listen for the answers, and question the sources. Who is the Silvester McMoney McBean that is sitting back with a smile watching the chaos as they drive off into the sunset?
The only way we can move forward is to see each other as counterparts.