I think I can put this simply and accurately: a dialogue. What do I want that dialogue to be about? That’s secondary.
The main thing is that everything said is heard and digested and what is said back relates to that thing, expands the subject we’re talking about, leads to further understanding, even insight. Too often the subject and the discussion are circumscribed by many factors.
If a family member is in a cult, for example, a full discussion of that cult is impossible. The family member may insist that it is not a cult at all, “cult” being an ignorant and pejorative label imposed by outsiders, but reality in its purest form. A detailed and open dialogue on the subject is not in the cards, no matter how much mutual goodwill is present. Often people join cults as a response to a need to be accepted that is not fulfillable anywhere else. It is not productive to point something like this out to someone who follows a true path laid out by a superior being.
I can think of many situations where an honest conversation is not ever going to happen. My best hope for that is often here, setting my thoughts and feelings out with as much clarity as I can muster. Sad, in a way, this ongoing conversation with myself and an imaginary reader, and a great blessing in another way. I will take the blessing any day.
Sadness is part of every sentient being’s lot here, and so be it. A blessing, my friend, is a blessing, and I will take a blessing every day of the week, including today, a day when I am late to get about my rounds.
So if you’ll please excuse me…