The ability to “see the gray” is the superpower humanity needs to break through the very black-and-white (aka binary) thinking of our world right now. The binary is very obvious in politics but also apparent everywhere else if we look for it. This includes how we approach motherhood and the systems of and anything touched by white supremacy and patriarchy.
Being able to see the gray also requires for us to be able to sit in the gray. One ability that goes hand in hand to cultivate comfort in the in-between is the ability to translate.
The first type of translation that comes to mind is the ability to translate between languages. Phrases, sentence structures, and figures of speech are not a one-to-one translation. Instead, they require the mind to mold and reshape the thought in one language to another in order for it to make sense. That ability to take one language and move words around and reshape them so they are understandable in another is very much work that our brain does in that gray space.
But translation is not limited to languages. Translation also occurs when we try to communicate between forms and bring thoughts to life in other mediums like movement, painting or writing. Art requires for us to feel into the thoughts and emotions and re-form them into expressions through our body/brush/pen. That ability challenges and stretches us to think about things differently.
Where else do you see translation happening?