Listening

July 7, 2012 at 12:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So much of our lives involve noise. It happens all around us. At different volumes. At various urgencies. All the time. What noises we tune into depends on many factors. Sometimes it feels easy to really listen, while other times we are overwhelmed, tired or distracted and miss out on moments of connection.

This past week again provided inspiring participant’s sharing experiences, thoughts and actions that allowed for connection to self, others and the world around us. Those teachable moments can be very powerful in the lives of the participant/s and also for us as facilitators. Listening involves not just hearing the noise but active and engaged processing of verbal communication and also lack of noise or non verbal. This awareness and appreciation of the opportunities that arise to reflect, learn and grow is an essential element of experiential learning.

We as humans don’t need all the answers. Just being present, open and empathetic in our interactions with self, others and the world around us can provide a world of difference in our own lives or those of others. Choose to be conscious of the noises that surround us, considering those that are inspiring and empowering, those that require our full attention and engagement, and those that are distracting us from our authentic potential or ability to make a difference. We have many gifts and talents to share. As the passage below describes, don’t underestimate our ability to connect and positively affect the experience of others within our global village.

 

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.

Leo Buscaglia

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