Coloring Outside the Lines
by Judith Cullen
It is the same meeting someone face to face as it when you get to know them virtually - something that happens increasingly in our world. It seems counter intuitive, but it is true. The process of getting to know someone is really the same, its just that the pitfalls are more acutely highlighted when you get to know someone remotely, rather than in person.
You are in contact with someone for the first time, and something (or some things) about them appeals to you - strikes a chord. You think, "I'd like to get to know this person better." In certain circumstances, you might even think "they have something that I want. I'll get to know them so I can learn." They were a blank page to you before, an unknown. Then the moment of introduction happens, the void sheet begins to transform, taking on an outline that intrigues and interests. It's like a fresh coloring page. You reach for your box of colors, and you begin.