Hope Is In The Grey

Posted on December 16, 2020 by Nate Regier / 4 comments
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Extremes are not who we are, it’s how we behave when we are afraid, sad, anxious, angry, desperate, lonely, and disconnected. When we go to extremes, division is inevitable. It’s tragic since this is when we most need to feel heard and seen.

It can feel hopeless staring into the divide, wondering how we will go forward as a family, a community or a nation when we feel so far apart.

Division is an opportunity to invite dialogue. Not about our extreme positions or dogmas, because all that does is fuel our cover-up selves. Instead, we can dialogue about our cravings for connection and impact.

How do you want to be seen?

What gives you hope?

What are you most afraid of?

What connections and activities are most life-giving for you?

What have you lost that was significant? 

Compassion helps us have curious dialogue that invites people into the grey areas between us. In the grey there are no black and white positions, no swords to fall on, and no judgment. In the grey we are open and curious, seeking to understand and validate the human behind the extremes.

In the grey there is hope.


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Thomas Leahy
Posted on December 17, 2020

Nate, Your posts are like a breathe of sanity and empathy in the midst of a nightmare. Perhaps there is hope yet for of our country. Hope you are well.

Tom

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Nate Regier
Posted on December 18, 2020

Tom, how great to hear from you. Thanks, and happy holidays!

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Luther Johnson
Posted on December 17, 2020

Wonderful! Thought provoking! Vintage Nate!
Warmly,
Luther

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Nate Regier
Posted on December 18, 2020

Thanks Luther. Great to hear from you. I wish you a safe, connected and happy holidays.

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MicheleE
Posted on December 19, 2020

Love this!

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Matthew Gallagher
Posted on December 22, 2020

This truly resonates with distress I hear from so many – great insight Nate.

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