Today there have been many messages about the power of words. Words can change so many things. Words can bring a whole understanding even with just one. When I say the word magical, it tends to give you an uplifting feeling. When I utter the word murder, it brings an entirely negative meaning. Today's new thing in my fifties is to listen more closely to the word, to listen just for the sake of listening and not just to respond. Why? Because this will make me be more aware. Why is it important to be more aware? When the question was asked of several people, what came up is because it brings brightness and future possibilities.
I was with a group of ladies the other day and I just sat back and observed. It was very apparent that no one was listening to what the other had to say. They were listening in order to respond. They were literally waiting to respond instead of listening closely to what the other had to say. Unfortunately, I think this has become a norm in our society. As has the art of texting. I can be texting someone all day. I will stop and pick up the phone to try and actually call them and guess what, they don't answer.
Instead of sitting in judgement of others, I have decided that it is time for me to be the change. I am going to be the one who listens carefully. The one who doesn't respond until I know someone is truly finished with their thoughts. I am excited to see where this leads. Will it lead to those uncomfortable bouts of silence that no one seems to like? I am hoping that it will lead to someone being truly glad that I actually took time out of my day and listened and valued what they had to say.
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. - Bryant H. McGill
What words mean different things to you? Are you on a path of becoming more aware? If so, why? I would love to hear some of your stories. I promise I will listen!
Until my next adventure,