Conversational Comfort, Sepia Version.
Sometimes it's hard to have a good conversation when life is busy and noisy, and tasks, events, tragedies, and opportunities intrude. Our attention gets captured by so many different things. Often our mental focus is on stuff we really have no influence over, and which may never really affect us. But there are things we have power over and which directly affect our hearts, lives, families, friends, or careers. We should spend more time having truly constructive and critical conversations about those things with the people who matter to us. Further, we need people in our lives who can directly speak truth into our situation – and to whom we can speak truth when it's called for, and sometimes when it's not even invited, but needed.
It's good to have spaces in our lives where these conversations can happen naturally, easily, and without interruption. Comfortable spaces that are inviting and warm, that are protective and secure.
I hope you have those spaces in your home. If not there, maybe in your office. And if not there, perhaps there is a nice coffee shop you like, a conversational nook at your church, or maybe even at the library? Or perhaps at a friend's home.
If you don't have such a space, find one. Or make one. Even if it's just you in your comfortable chair talking over the phone with someone at a distance who needs to hear your voice, or someone whose voice you need to hear desperately. Carve out that space in your life because those conversations need to happen, and they're more important than debates and opinions regarding issues we have little or no influence over.
So call someone, have that conversation: you need it. I know that I do – probably more than I even suspect.