Safe Space

The term “safe space” has been around for 50 years, and, while the definition alters slightly to fit the situation in which it is used, the basic meaning has remained the same:
safe space
noun
  1. a place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm.

A safe space can be anywhere – a school, a church, a counselors office – wherever someone decided that space will be free of fear and pain.  For some, the dedicated “safe space” is the only place they can be themselves.  For others, it’s a place to share their feelings without fear of repercussions.  For others, it’s a place of support, love, and understanding.

It’s sad that there has to be such a thing as a safe space.  In today’s world, we should have enough compassion and empathy for our fellow man that they don’t need a specific place where they can feel safe and loved.  We should especially feel safe in our own home, but that doesn’t always happen, which breaks my heart.

But I’m glad that they do exist.  Where would these people be if they didn’t have at least one place to feel safe?

I think this goes back to yesterday’s blog about listening well.  If we all listened well, any space would be a safe space.  I would urge my readers to be a safe space.  Practice listening well so those around you feel safe with you.  What greater gift can you give someone?

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