#7: Yin, Yang, and Ferris Bueller



The past hours have been really sobering for me to experience. The last retreat felt like a whirlwind of ideas and half-formed plans. This one already feels more concrete, because the deadlines are nipping at my heels now. Of course, I don’t have to go at it alone. Despite the obstacles our team will face down the road, it’s comforting to know that we share the same purpose: to create a documentary about sexual assault and rape culture with an intersectional feminist lens.

In the case of the Ted Talk, the Yin and Yang metaphor was used for liberals and conservatives, to suggest how two completely separate things could unite, under the right circumstances. But in my case, I feel like the Yin is the forest and Yang are the trees. Yin is the big picture, the ideas. The excitement and the passion, the thing that drives you. Yang is the details, the organization. The pieces of the puzzle that fit together. I’ve always been more of a “Yin” person in this way, and I think a lot of people in WtS (especially people in my team)  are as well. That doesn’t mean that better organizational skills and appreciation for the details can’t be developed, its just not in our nature. That’s okay. It’s something I’ve been working on all my life, and this experience will continue to foster those “Yang” skills I have trouble with.

How to approach conflict is something that the Psychological Safety article grapples with, and it’s something that’s very relevant to our group in particular. All of the people in our Social Action Team share similar views on rape culture, but we know some of the people we want to interview won’t agree with us. The challenge will be appearing unbiased throughout the interview process, in order to obtain the most information we can. Speaking human to human is going to be vital during an emotional interview or reaction to a question. But we have to make sure to appear neutral, even though we’re not.

This whole retreat has created a clearer, more defined purpose than the last retreat. With set goals and tasks to complete by the next time our team meets on January 6, and then the next retreat in February, I’m definitely starting to feel more stressed out, because things will move much faster from here. But also more purposeful, which is good, I think. It allows a breath.

I’m going to end this by referencing a quote you might roll your eyes at, but it’s from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, one of my favorite movies, so just know that. “Life moves by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I like to think I live my life by this quote, moving slower than most, taking it all in. But what if by “it”, Ferris means the details? The Yang instead of the Yin? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. It’s a stark contrast from my usually disconnected mind. But for once, this whole retreat, I’ve been alert, present. Quietly, soaking it all in.


Thanks for reading,








Lindsey Drew

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