I need a proofreader.
If you’ve seen this site, you have probably run across some essays of mine that…well, let’s just say that they’re a little choppy. Poorly punctuated. Questionable spelling. Sentences that don’t have a subject or a predicate.
Sometimes, the paragraphs don’t exactly flow really well. You may see a few words that don’t smoothly exactly fit together You’re pretty sure you know what the sentence is supposed to say, but the words I wrote make it hard for your head to interpret the meaning.
I need a proofreader. I do the best I can, but sometimes I miss even the most obvious. I see the sentence, I know what I’m trying to say, and in my mind what I’m reading makes perfect sense to me. I need somebody to come up behind me and show me that I need to say something better, something differently, with better style and clearer syntax.
Because what is right in front of me and what I actually see aren’t always the same thing.
This doesn’t end with writing. Most of our lives we need to get a glimpse of a person or a situation and we “see” what is on the surface. We make a quick judgment and move on to the next thing that comes into our view.
But a glance back, or just a second taken to see a little more deeply, gives us a different view and even a revised framework of reality.
Sometimes have difficulty doing this ourselves. We are used to the paths of our travels. We take the same steps of cognition daily. Past a certain point, our attitudes and opinions tend not to change.
It is only when we open to the thoughts and perspectives of another that we can understand a wider view of life and entertain the possibilities brought forth from a different point of view.
This is what a proofreader does. They can read the situation you’ve just experienced and let you know what you missed. From a new perspective, they explain and bring new data-both objective and emotional-to a circumstance that you overlooked.
Our friends, spouses and families have functioned as these “proofreaders” and, for the most part, their opinions either go unheeded or are met with disdain or disagreement. Our need to be heard and understood take precedent over the importance to consider and listen to the sight and feelings of another.
It is at this moment that we drop the need to be right. We must open our eyes and our minds to the consideration that we may not have everything we need to make an assessment.
A proofreader, in short, offers an opportunity to help us widen our perspective and look at the different aspects of the situation. So many times, we’ve benefitted from the goodness of friend or been challenged by a stranger to see a different prospective and entertain a different point of view. Something that is added or subtracted that may change what we just saw, heard, read or experienced.
We can be clumsy in our prose and narrowed in our expression and we don’t realize it. The “proofreaders” in our life can go over our experience and add a different set of eyes, widening your heart from the synergy of theirs, adding depth and clarity to your view.
We all need one. And we could use the counsel daily.
By entrusting us with your feelings, we help you take steps that you see necessary to begin and put forth the energy to make the needed change.
Now notice something: Trust in a coach, mentor, or guide helps you see what's in front of you. We see a Coach for Your Heart a little like an emotional Sherpa, somebody that helps you climb your mountain by pointing out where to best step along the path.
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