Slippage: an instance of not reaching a norm, target, etc.
The Collins English Dictionary definition doesn’t adequately express my observations. I’ll give it a try: Slippage: an instance where one person communicates on the frequency of AM while the other receives and transmits on FM.
The logo for FedEx, a company that provides “delivery to more than 220 countries and territories worldwide”, portrays slippage.
Can you see the arrow? Apparently 20% of you will. If this is familiar to you, did you have to be told how to see it? Told how to see an arrow? Blame slippage.
Slippage happens because most of us feel our lives are most significant – anything else holds a lower priority. What we haven’t experienced we believe others can easily resolve in their own lives. If it doesn’t affect us or our lives, it’s minor.
Did you find the arrow in that logo? If you haven’t yet, don’t feel you’ve lost it. I’ll give you the clue…
I wish my sister could show me her arrow.
She’s struggling with a life-long condition that blind-sides and ravages her ability to maintain a healthy chemical balance. Her safety zone is the hospital – a love/hate relationship. I hear, see and sense her fear, but I cannot feel it. I have not lived the hell she experiences. Nor have any of our other siblings. We can have compassion, but empathy is beyond our in-experiential grasp.
A physical pain shoots through my chest when I try to imagine the fear she must experience. I shudder at the thought of threatened loss of control at a time when control seems all that is left. She does not articulate that fear, but maybe she cannot.
Imagine having one’s peace ride on a pill that eventually becomes ineffectual. Hell hurls misery until a new brand, a new dosage, a new adjustment period successfully kicks in. It may be weeks.
FedEx logo…my sister is like the FedEx logo. She harbours an arrow most cannot see. It’s so much a part of her being that she may not even realize we can’t see it. Imagine the frustration when it’s so obvious to her? How insensitive, unseeing and blind we must appear.
Slippage – AM versus FM – two separate tracks of information, both delivered from the same type of transmitter, yet neither is able to hear or feel the other.
My fabulous niece, my sister’s daughter, tells me that her mom will be given a day pass. They plan to don their Easter bonnets and attend Easter Sunday Service where my sister will find solace and peace in the familiarity of her spiritual path. Easter - the height of Christian celebration. Maybe it’s time for another miracle. Maybe my sister’s arrow will blink sacredly at us, pointing our love in the direction, beyond compassion, to a state called empathy.
“In Excelsis Deo“
In both logos,
it’s between the “E” and the “X”.
Both are a call to action.