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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Respecting Another’s ‘Bubble’

Entering precariously the space of another person and their environment always accords a special and cherished respect – they ‘own’ this real estate.

There is hardly a more important lesson in merging with our fellow humanity.

Isn’t it bizarre that we only truly resonate in harmony with this truth when it’s our real estate that’s just been transgressed? Ouch! We’ve all been there.

It’s a beautiful thing that God has given us this place—the body and the space the body takes up—as surety of the respect-able life this side of eternity. But we can’t make the most of this truth with only one side—our side—of the coin considered; there’s always the other side to consider if we’re living a congruent life.

As we venture toward another person, be it physically or in any other way—even to our thought worlds—we daren’t encroach on others’ landscapes; their cherished and peaceable dominions.

Bubbles are a pretty cool metaphor; to the bubbles of speech we use, the bubbles we blow etc. Let’s not forget the bubble of personhood (that exists around them) that stands forever before us as we venture through life.

© 2010 S. J. Wickham.

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