Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Empathetic Pratfalls

We are socially programmed to trip over our own words when something dramatic has happened.
Whether it is a near death, a divorce, job loss, or cancer, how are we supposed to behave?
Of course, the first part is easy.
I'm sorry about everything that happened, but it's good to see you.
These are well established reactions to days we won't forget, but we feel strange talking about them.
There is that slight hum of anxiety in the air, and we don't know how to deal with it.
Is it easier when its one on one? Or is it better in a crowd?
Good intentions, gracious thank yous, and a moment of silence.
For now, it will do.
There's no rush at all, to rehash it all.
We'll talk soon.
It's still new

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