Another example of “unpacking an assumption.”
After Ana described “warrior” she kept talking and added this:
“I find that sometimes, it takes a tremendous amount of bravery and courage to take a lot into the world.
Particularly when you know that the world may not be receptive to the message you’re bringing or… that in some parts of the worlds that we live, that message might not be able to be heard.”
I had to ask her what she meant by courage.
“Courage? Courage, well….it’s finding the energy to get up and to go out there and to do the work that needs to be done, and to do it.
…knowing that maybe you’re NOT going to feel a lot of support….
…that you’re not going to have a lot of sweet words coming back to you or even feel appreciated, but knowing that you’re called to something
…and trusting that calling.
It’s not out of a blind faith.
It’s much deeper than that.
It comes from a kind of weathering of the soul…
a kind of growth where you’ve been challenged,
and you’ve opened,
and you’ve grown,
and you’re open to continuing growth.”
More gems. I loved all of this. But the phrase “weathering of the soul” has particularly stuck with me. What about you?
Not only did I get new and expansive conceptualizations of words, via my better conversations with Ana (& everyone I interviewed). I also found new, compelling descriptions of what I wanted to be, how I wanted to live and what I valued in this world. Because, to use Ana’s words, I’m “open to continuing growth.”
That’s at the heart and soul of A Better Conversation. Learning how our words can mean so many different things, carry with them different connotations and significance, and being open to hearing those differences.