Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 28 May 2014

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.  [Robert Frost]

I love that.  So often I have asked why I am NOT a better listener. I mean I try to BE, but there are times when it is just about impossible for me to listen. Understanding things Now I didn’t understand Then, I can see that one of those two things was probably running the circus.

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it's like giving them emotional oxygen.  [Stephen Covey]

There is nothing like really BEing listened to. Really sensing that someone is leaning in and wanting to hear. It’s NOT an everyday experience in my World, but it has been and is, on occasion…

Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.  [Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings (William E.Massey Senior Lectures in the History of American Civilization)]

This is just exquisite, you know?!

I love you, Currie


Carol said...

I find that I really have to concentrate on being a good listener.... I try hard to be the listener but I fail miserably... I think this may be true of most unfortunately. Something I definitely need to work on.

Rita said...

I need to be a better listener, for sure. Been working at it all my life. Chatterboxes are hard to retrain--LOL! ;)
Yes, Eudora's quote is exquisite. :)