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Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Moments: Listening

Sometimes listening happens when you least expect it.

On a deck at sunset when you are engrossed in a book and a daughter who has been sitting with you all afternoon speaks up. Something has been bothering me at school.

While you are making dinner and walking between the fridge and the stove and your son walks over with a smile There's a secret I've been keeping.

Drifting awake in the morning, your spouse brings coffee and even though you are only half aware, starts to talk. I've been meaning to ask you what you thought.

Driving to soccer with the kids in the back listening to Waving Flag with the windows down and the smallest child pipes up. Do you know what I think this song is about?

Listening is an act of love, to pay attention even though you are reading, cooking, sleeping, driving. It is about the small moments, about making that quiet time, that space for thoughts that may not otherwise be spoken.

About noticing the moment when it arrives unannounced. And tuning into it with all your heart.

This blog is inspired by Capital Mom's Monday Moments. Every Monday she posts a theme. You can read more at her site and follow the links to see what others have written.


Sara said...

I've been having trouble listening lately - sometimes its hard to hear through the silence and all the noise. This prompt was the perfect reminder for me about what's important :)

Capital Mom said...

This very true. The moment when we need to be listening often catches us unaware and and we need to be able to stop and hear the message.

Chantal said...

beautiful and important. Some days I need a reminder :)

Anonymous said...

I need to learn to listen more - although I have to say that this is something my 2 year old is teaching me. The things she says remind me that I don't want to miss a thing.

Lovely post.

Leanne Haines said...

I love this. I have noticed lately that too often my family finds that I am NOT listening when I should be. It is important, and to neglect it would be a mistake I would surely regret someday. Thanks for the reminder.