For years now, I have returned to the first chapter of Dr. David R. Hawkins’ book, Letting Go. In that chapter, he provides a step-by-step process of how to surrender to all things that we cannot control, which is just about everything.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, those of us who grew up here have been asked to let go of and tolerate the tremendous change we see everywhere.
Seven million people now live here. The weather and technology are to blame. Is the weather changing? Some might argue yes but I think no.
Is techonology going away? Not unless Shallow Alto, Cupertino, and San Francisco fall off in a massive tectonic shift. The population density will continue to grow.
We now live in a multi-cultural sardine can where those 7 million people, speaking 100 different languages, strain infrastructure to its breaking point.
In Fremont, where I live, our mayor tells us on Twitter that we are the new “funnel city” as a way to explain the complete gridlock that occurs between 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm every weekday. He, along with the city council, also seems to agree that every single undeveloped piece of land should have vertical expansion, zero lot lines, and multi-family inhabitance.
In Warm Springs, once a quiet district of Fremont, Mandarin is now on the storefronts instead of English. What happened to the American Dream of coming to your new country and assimilating?
I’m trying to picture 50 American families moving to Dubrovnick and suggesting to the town fathers that we put English signs in the downtown of the old city.
In our post office, the old “hello’s and how are you’s” have been replaced by…well… I was going to write…by “nods” but most of the time, people do not even nod.
For those of us who are still friendly and still like people (moi), these circumstances are disappointing.
Some of us will surrender to the traffic, to the Whole Foods parking lot at noon, to the hundreds of people with cell phones trekking up to Mission Peak…
I am not sure I will.
Back to Dr. Hawkins’ book.