One Deep Breath

Today, I got a visit from one of my favourite people in the world: my uncle, Silvercrow.

There are some things that are so difficult to articulate, and he’s the type of person who is content to simply sit until I find the right words.

One of the things that he brought up today, that I’ve sort of thought about before, is the difference between beginning a statement with “I think” and “I feel”.

I have sort of trained myself to start most of my sentences this way in conversation. It’s an unconditional qualifier. I am claiming and taking responsibility for my own thoughts and words. On the other hand, it means that I always, intrinsically have a back door, should someone call me out.

I don’t make casual statements, inflicting my views on everyone in the world.

I think this is a fine way to speak.

However, it’s so amazing to be able to spend time with a person who doesn’t want qualified answers. Silvercrow doesn’t want what I’ve sent through my filters. He just wants to know my response.

The freedom that comes from an audience that truly will not judge is a deeply beautiful, incredibly rare thing, and I treasure every experience I have with one.

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