O for open.
What does feeling open mean to you?
Dictionary.com lists 42 adjective meanings, including:
34. not constipated, as the bowels.
That one made me giggle, but I am thinking of open as in open to other people and open to discussion and open to change. Walking outside and seeing birds and deer and the spring here exploding in flowers and small new leaves opens me. I get tired in clinic and by the end I am grumpy and think: no more people. Ick, people. But I love clinic and miss it when I have been off and sick. I missed hugs from my patients!
With 42 different adjective meanings, think about how amazing it is that we think we know what someone means when they use the word open…..
With all of the discussion generated by the US presidential election, I am also thinking about an open society. A friend said that we have to be open to discussion but we also have to listen to each other. And listen to feelings.
I think of Sweet Honey in the Rock singing “Would you harbor me?”
Would you harbor me?
Would I harbor you?
Would you harbor a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew
a heretic, convict or spy?
Would you harbor a run away woman, or child,
a poet, a prophet, a king?
The lyrics are here.
I took the photograph yesterday. I was trying to focus on my neighbor in the background, but I am open to seeing the grasses instead….