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    What does the following in red mean in the context?

    Hence, for the informal practice, I suggest that you focus more on your own inner qualities involved in empathic listening, tread lightly in giving feedback, and feel free to stay close to your own comfort zone.

    Thank you.

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    Be gentle, subtle; don't be too harsh.

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    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: tread lightly

    A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    Unpakwon,

    After I had read your post and the excellent answer, I turned off the computer to

    read my morning newspaper. Here is one of the headlines on the front page:

    TREADING CAREFULLY TO SELL A REBELLION

    The story was about a revolution that is now occurring in country X. The rebels

    want to overthrow the government; other people do not want to overthrow the

    government. So the rebels have to tread carefully (lightly) by being very patient

    and understanding when they ask other people to help them overthrow the

    government.

    *****

    Then this afternoon I was reading another newspaper (we old people still read print

    newspapers!) when I found another article about country X. This time the story

    was about country Y, which is a next-door neighbor. Some people in country Y are

    wondering whether or not they should help the rebels in country X (for example, by

    sending them weapons). The article says that the government in country Y has decided to

    "be passive [not do anything], but attentive [pay close attention to

    developments in country X]." In other words: to tread lightly/carefully.


    P.S. In writing this post, I have trodden very carefully. For example, I have referred

    to two countries as X and Y. If I had mentioned their actual names, some people

    might have been offended.

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