Someone has been trying to make me aware of some of my quick-to-name-and-analyze ways, which are appropriate in some contexts but not in others, and don’t allow every human being to feel they can keep up or contribute their own voice.
Our gifts are also our curses, and Lent seems a good season for not being afraid to observe some of our most familiar ways of being with a curious eye. Not to cast judgment upon ourselves, and not to become all tangled up in self-consciousness, but to see what we can learn if we put the pause button on more often before we act in the world in some habitual way.
What have you come to learn about your own patterns of speech with others? Their gift sides; their harder sides?