Safe Spaces …


I am awake, I am alive, and this morning I am thinking of … safe spaces.

Today, once again, I am blessed with the opportunity to share my seminar “The PATH” with a group of instructors and administrators from our local collage. I am excited because this seminar ALWAYS invokes the most awesome conversations as participants look at the world, their world, and their PATH in new and exciting ways.

And they can do that because they are in a safe space. No recriminations. Freedom instead to say, “I don’t know” and “I don’t understand” and freedom for marginalized, racialized and Indigenous participants to share why they most definitely understand the pain, trauma or reality I am explaining.

But thoughts of today and past PATH audiences led me to another thought – how I have yet to meet someone who didn’t benefit from the freedom and AIR provided within a safe space. Wouldn’t this world be a much better place if we all lived, worked, loved, traveled and slept in safe spaces?

Imagine a workplace where you are free to say “I don’t know” or “I don’t understand” without recrimination. Imagine a lunchroom or coffee shop without gossip and backstabbing. Imagine a home where children are encouraged to speak of their fears and doubts (and the adults do too). Imagine public transit without stink eye. Imagine shopping without eye rolls every time a status card is produced. Imagine.

As you read my words today, feel free to give thanks for the safe spaces you know but also, if you can, spend some time today looking and really seeing the spaces you visit. How is that Indigenous young man treated in your grocery store? How is that woman in the hijab treated in your corner store (or are you the one rolling your eyes)?

Today, let us do our part to create safe spaces for all. Let’s speak up to an offender or offer a warm, reassuring and welcoming smile to those who are standing in spaces that feel anything but “safe” to them.

I love my world and it is safe. Today I create same for others just as I strive to do every single day – in my office, in my home, in any event venue, and in any establishment I frequent.

Because in my world, if it isn’t safe for all, then it isn’t a place I want to be. My money, time, and attention go to those places that realize, like me, that we all need safe spaces.

Food for thought.



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