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Green Room - Week 9 - Weekend Edition

Listen to people when they speak.

Believe that what they are saying is valid.

Those are important things that you hear quite a bit these days.

But I'm going to add one. One that you don't hear, and that (knowing me) will probably end up getting me in trouble:

If it does, just remember that I'm delusional on painkillers right now, so I'm not right in the head. :)

But I think the next step is to process that information. Because everyone's perspective is valid, and what they have gone through is real. That doesn't mean though that the conclusions they have reached as a result of those is actually *the truth*.
Look for commonalities in the stories of different people and where they line up. And where they do not. Process that information, while acknowledging that it's your own set of biases that are doing that filtering.

I've just seen far too many arguments that have devolved into a "don't discount my experience!" as if that were the end. It's not (although it may be the end of that particular conversation with that particular person, because why are you arguing with someone who is sharing their story anyway???) it's a piece in a bigger picture. Take in that one, and every story that you hear and put it in the mosaic of the experiences that shape your own views.

Because all you have is your own perspectives, so your views are limited. If you're not right about everything (and since you are not ME, you are not.) and neither is anyone else. (again, except ME!)

Just keep that in mind, while at the same time keeping your mind open to other people's experiences.

/old white guy's drugged out rant

Now get off my lawn and go vote for your favorites! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/894182.html


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Feb. 13th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
well fristhand, if you say so, and then
Feb. 13th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: okay
well then you're not old enough to call yourself old
... still can't do it... - ellakite - Feb. 14th, 2016 01:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 13th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
I am still early in reading everyone's entries, but once again there are some amazing creations.
Feb. 13th, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I don't know if it's just on my mind, so I'm noticing it all of a sudden, but we have some folks around here who have a real talent for writing in the character's voice.

I'm still early in the reading, too, but 3 off the top of my head this week are whipchick's, lrig_rorrim's and the_lettersea's.

Edited at 2016-02-13 06:53 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - kickthehobbit - Feb. 13th, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - kathrynrose - Feb. 15th, 2016 11:22 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - lrig_rorrim - Feb. 14th, 2016 03:09 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - kathrynrose - Feb. 15th, 2016 11:22 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - whipchick - Feb. 14th, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 13th, 2016 06:44 pm (UTC)
I believe, and up to a point agree, it's all about context. If someone is sharing their life experience with you, it is not the time to "discuss." If however, the discussion is based on something else, and the person insists that they know better because of their (related, or not related) life experience, then ignore them. But if you're arguing about the plumbing in your home and the person you're arguing with has been a plumber for thirty years, then shut up.

Unless, of course, you're Gary. ;-)

Edited at 2016-02-13 11:11 pm (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not right in the head. :)

We're used to that. :P
Feb. 13th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
...so I'm not right in the head. :)

I'm not going there :p
Feb. 13th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
The Great Big Arctic Freeze has begun. The weather report this morning said the temperature would start dropping this afternoon. There's an advisory telling everybody to stay indoors. It's expected to get below 0F by midnight tonight and possibly go lower overnight. I think the advisory's in effect until tomorrow afternoon.

It's supposed to go up to the 50s by Tuesday, LOL. Welcome to New England!

Feb. 13th, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's awful! Stay warm!
(no subject) - anyonesghost - Feb. 14th, 2016 12:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 13th, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
Dental procedures turn some people into really good listeners for a while. ;)
Feb. 14th, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
So, if anyone is looking for us, we have been under a rock, apparently So, so, so so sorry! Major miscommunication between me and my husband, mamas_minion this week. He wrote it, said he wanted me to loacok at it, I thought he meant to beta read, I said I'm sure it's fine, just post it, so he did, still thinking I was going to edit it later, for LINKS. (He apparently felt the links were really important this time around, and doesn't do lj webgui very well, so he needed my help, and I didn't understand that it WAS F-ing LOCKED!)

If you have tried to ping us, we have been afk all day, until now. Caught a message a few hours ago while we were still out, had to fix the links and unlock it as soon as we got home, and we are live, 24 hours later, really really regretting the lost time, especially since my husband's entry is really good, and he had something important to say, and he so rarely writes non-fiction, being a man of few words who doesn't like to talk about himself.

So, please, if you can, get to it, read it, hopefully support my husband and forgive my density, and vote,especially so that our team, Strawberry Snuggle, is not unfairly penalized.

Thank you to Gary,


and our teammates,


for bringing this major oversight to our attention. (and next week we will probably stick around at home on the weekend, if we make it through!)


Edited at 2016-02-14 03:00 am (UTC)
Feb. 14th, 2016 03:10 am (UTC)
I am really glad you got it sorted out and posted, with a couple of days of reading time still on the clock. It's a great entry, with a lot of really good resources linked!
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