I thought I would share with you an entry written by a student of mine.
Jen is a trucker and for a little while now I've been encouraging her to start her own blog about topics relating to what she knows best - trucking. Her shamanic perspective is refreshing...
The teachings that stuck with me since the Moonlodge is that ‘things aren’t the same as they use to be, so we can’t respond/act in the same way as before either’. At the Moonlodge I realized I had been experiencing this very teaching for a while already and with the story Lisa shared that night, it really stuck.
A few weeks before the Moonlodge, Lisa had said something about ‘things aren’t like they use to be’ on iDreamer and that triggered a thought process for me so I explored that in regards to trucking.
I started trucking in 1997, driving small trucks then eventually made my way up to semi trucks in 1998 and got some experience in long haul trucking into the US. Back then it was way different. Example, we use to wave at each other whenever we passed by another trucker on a non divided highway. We acknowledged each other, we are doing the same job so we know how hard it is, we showed respect to other truckers. It was harder for women truckers back then but still most people were respectful and helpful. If someone broke down on the side of the highway, truckers passing by would either stop or call out over the CB radio “are you ok? Is help coming?” I remember one time getting tired of answering them on the CB cuz so many truckers had asked me lol but it was good.
Now a days, a lot of people are just out for themselves. Cutting each other off in lineups or when driving down the road, not moving over into the open lane beside them to give space if someone was broke down on the side of the highway (that’s super dangerous), driving too fast just to make more money, just being rude for whatever reason, hardly no one waves at each other anymore, etc.
I did a test when I was exploring this, I was on a non divided highway in Kentucky and I decided I was going to wave at every truck that passed by me. I waved at about 25 truckers and no one waved back, I was surprised a bit.
About a week later after the ‘testing’ lol I stopped at a very small truckstop. Another trucker pulled up beside me, I leaned over and looked at him to see if he wanted to pass by me cuz I would have backed up for him to let him by before I parked. He shook his head no and we both got out and walked into the truckstop together. He said “thank you for being respectful and asking me if I needed more room, most guys now a days don’t give a shit”. He asked when I started trucking and then said “oh, so you know how it use to be then, back then people cared about each other, about trucking. Now no one fucking cares, that’s why I don’t hire company drivers anymore, I only hire owner operators cuz they at least have something invested and care a little more”.
As we both left the truckstop, there was an example right in front of us of an impatient, angry and in a rush trucker trying to squeeze between trucks where there was no room to in the first place, pulling on his air horn like a maniac. We just looked at each other, smiled and shook our heads lol.
Lisa shared a story at the Moonlodge about a guy and a dog at the gas station her and Eric were at the night before. It was cold, snowy/icy and wet that night and as they pulled into the gas station, they saw a dog tied to a bicycle that was leaning up against the building. The dog was so wet and it was shaking cuz it was cold. Lisa watched to see where the owner was while she waited for Eric. Finally no one was coming out so she went in and started asking around, ‘anyone know who’s dog that is outside tied up in the freezing cold’. No one knew.
Then she found a young guy eating soup and guessed it was him so she started walking towards him when suddenly the guy saw her moving towards him (he probably heard her asking questions about the dog to people around), he jumped up, ran out of the store and started to try to get on his bicycle to leave with his dog in tow. It ended up being so stressful for the guy cuz he was in a panic, that he ended up falling down and almost hurting the himself and the dog. Eric said to Lisa how approaching him in that way is not helping him, it’s only making things worse. Eric helped the guy up, talked with him a bit about safety and how he needs to care for his dog better, etc.
Lisa said we can’t respond the same way we use to when stuff comes up, like in that example. Calling the police, giving the guy shit, yelling, whatever, wouldn’t have helped that guy or the dog. Things are way different now so we need to forget what use to work for us in the past, and wipe the slate clean, start over in a sense. Try something different, try a different response, a different way of acting. If you could be anyone you wanted to be, who would you be right here and right now, fresh and new.”