I have been thinking this week about the place-in-between…
Between our intended meaning as we communicate and act, and the meaning interpreted by other reasonable people.
Between our freedom to think and act in accordance with our own sense of norms, values, and beliefs, and the consequences of our actions on others who do not share the same norms, values, and ideologies.
Between compassion born of deep listening and observing, filtered by a sense of caring, and a sense of indifference born of a sense of independence and entitlement to be as we choose, without consequences.
Between the possibility space of respectful dialogue with those of different mind, and the isolation of confirmation bias.
Change and progress are rarely easy or free of challenges. If we are not able to acknowledge the limits – and consequences – of our thinking and actions, we will never get to and through the place between, to seek and enter the place of new possibility.