If You Don’t Ask…

April 6, 2015 at 6:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Every person in this life has something to teach me – and as soon as I accept that, I open myself to truly listening.” – Catherine Doucette

As the Easter long weekend comes to a close, and with two weeks school holidays upon us, I am mindful of the themes explored in the TED Talk linked above. Enjoying some time away from our normal routines and work schedules can open up moments of time to stop, reflect, hear and share the stories that matter with our loved ones (or with total strangers if you like). These conversations and interactions allow us the opportunity to further deepen our connection to self, others and the world around us. So sitting around the table yesterday, sharing a meal with all my family members who were there with us on Easter Sunday, I thought about what questions I would ask each person if we found ourselves sitting across from one another in a StoryCorp booth?

“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” – Margaret Wheatley

I’m sure we could all think of at least one time in our lives (probably more I’m guessing) when we wished we had of just asked. Maybe it was a question for a grandparent, parent, sibling, friend, son or daughter, or maybe it was simply a question that we should of asked ourselves. We can’t change what could of, should of or might of been, the only thing we have is the present moment in front of us. Especially in this 21st Century world, full of its technology, busyness and pressures, saying ‘I’ll get to that later’ can become an all to common occurrence if we’re not careful. That’s what I loved most about this talk, it was a real call to action, coupled with a practical tool to assist people with that process.

“The art of conversation lies in listening.” – Malcom Forbes

I hope you and your family/friends have enjoyed this Easter long weekend period, and have had time to stop, reflect, hear and share the stories that matter. What a privilege it is to share this space and time with each other, with the way we engage and listen playing an important part in honouring the individual and shared journeys of potential that we are on. So what questions will you ask, to who, and when? Imagine what’s waiting there to uncover, as we explore the possibilities, discover potential and act authentically.

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” – Doug Larson


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