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Standing up…

October 8, 2015

Conversation may be the beginning of connection.  Continuing the conversation is a way to deepen connection.  I suppose not every conversation needs to be continued. Maybe some are pretty complete in and of themselves.   But those that bring understanding and growth?  I think we are in desperate need of continuing those.

I wondered which GrowthLines conversations were waiting to be continued.  I wanted to see which posts struck the deepest chord with readers.  I was a little surprised to discover that Dominoes falling, had been viewedDSC_0090 more times than any other. I reread the words looking for clues to their impact.

When the dominoes of life start falling, words have the power to help and to heal.  Words offer understanding.  They give us permission to stumble in our grief.  Words bear witness to what we already know by experience.  That loss will come, over and over again, and will lay us low.  We need those words of understanding, both silent and spoken when we’re swept under waves of loss and grief.

Maybe we also need words that bear witness to what we’re not so certain of.  That we can stand again. That we can pull ourselves upright.  Put one foot in front of the other.  And begin to walk, again.  Choose to sit and speak words of comDSC_1428fort to someone today.  And when they are ready to rise and walk, stand with them and speak words of hope and encouragement.  I know we will fall under the weight of loss.  I believe we can stand again.

“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.”
William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    October 8, 2015 7:53 pm

    So glad you’re blogging; didn’t know you had been. Take care, KR

  2. October 8, 2015 7:53 pm

    So glad you’re blogging; didn’t know you had been. Take care, KMR

    • October 8, 2015 8:22 pm

      Thanks, RDK. The thinking out loud is good for me, and I hope for others too. It has been exciting to follow all of your adventures over the past few years!

  3. CarolWiebe permalink
    October 17, 2015 5:41 am

    Pardon me if I am wrong, but it seems you stopped blogging for quite a while. Maybe it is just that I stopped, and didn’t pay enough attention. In any case, I appreciate your thoughts in written form. What stops us from sharing is a conversation that I would enjoy continuing with you.

    • November 18, 2015 5:18 pm

      Carol, I apologize for being so slow in responding to your comment. I did take a lengthy hiatus from blogging, more because life seemed to keep getting in the way than a concrete decision to stop.

      “What stops us from sharing?” is an important question that defies a single, simple answer. Two things come to mind that are often obstacles to an ongoing shared conversation. First, sharing our perspective and/or experience is often a process of being vulnerable. A willingness to be emotionally naked. Second, continuing the conversation is messy, time consuming, and often unpredictable in a world that seems to want concrete, uncomplicated sound bite statements that don’t necessarily invite response.

      I would love to hear your thoughts and observations on roadblocks to sharing.

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