Friday, March 03, 2017

Context & Space

I am part of a whatsapp group with some close friends called 'Oozers'. I write fairly freely on my blog, but words mean different things to different people. We know people in specific contexts, that develop a shared language. Out in the open, and without the benefit of time together, we can end up reading multiple levels of meaning into other people's words that may not even be there. If there is no benefit of doubt, then our words can have unintended consequences. The great thing about Oozers is that it is a 'Safe Space'. Not in the sense that no one will say anything that will hurt anyone else's feelings. It is safe in that we can vent our thoughts and frustrations, trusting that we will still be friends, or put the work in to repair friendships, should that be required.

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