The Good News: a wonderful article about What it means to hold space for people:
. By offering gentle, nonjudgmental support and guidance, she helped us walk one of the most difficult journeys of our lives.
The work that Ann did can be defined by a term that’s become common in some of the circles in which I work. She was holding space for us.
What does it mean to hold space for someone else? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control.
Sometimes we find ourselves holding space for people while they hold space for others. In our situation, for example, Ann was holding space for us while we held space for Mom. Though I know nothing about her support system, I suspect that there are others holding space for Ann as she does this challenging and meaningful work. It’s virtually impossible to be a strong space holder unless we have others who will hold space for us. Even the strongest leaders, coaches, nurses, etc., need to know that there are some people with whom they can be vulnerable and weak without fear of being judged.
The whole article: What does it mean to hold space for someone
The Bad News. The above reflects the enlightened Zenlike state to which RantWoman aspires. The item below is more like current reality on Planet RantWoman:
RantWoman finally got a new giant-print wall calendar.
RantWoman has a LOT of CRAP she has been hoping to leave behind in 2015, but since it keeps showing up, RantWoman needs her readers to help her hold iit in the Light.
"I need to dump my emotional soggy towels all over you. Now go away, and goddess forbid you have any emotional soggy towels to dump."
x about 8 or 12 voices.
Could the choir bleeping find a real tune?
"I don't want to talk about it because these are my friends."
WTF am I, chopped liver?
"WE are not very good at..."
Speak for yourself.
Really? If you think it's important, how about thinking about ways for people to become better at by say studying ...TOGETHER ...?