Swim

“I hear the rhythm in my voice, then the pause, the breath, the space that opens up. Listening strains my ears. I wait for the reply; the opportunity to ride the wave, to listen and hear–no feel–what my conversation partner is really trying to say, then to turn and dive again deeper still, but what do you really mean? When it is over, I press the words out flat, poring over them for meaning, patterns, connections. There is power in the spoken words now written down–my task is to harness and direct it. How can I promote empathy for each other and create greater understanding through storytelling?”

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