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Letter to the Editor

Colby Phillips espouses sensitivity as superpower


So in the recent report released by Ocean Pines on my complaint (which was only a small part of what I expressed to the attorney) I was deemed as being “too sensitive.”

Look up sensitivity and you get this:

“Sensitivity is a superpower. The opposite of sensitive is not brave. It’s not brave to refuse to pay attention, to refuse to notice, to refuse to feel and know and imagine. The opposite of sensitive is insensitive, and that’s no badge of honor.

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.”

I’m proud to be a sensitive person. Just sayin’.

Colby Phillips
Former Ocean Pines Director of Amenities
and Operational Logistics