you talked to your child yesterday, did you hear the fear
in her voice, there behind the words? When you
talked to your spouse, did you hear the uncertainty in the
words that sounded so strong? When you were walking
from your car to the supermarket, did you hear the birds
singing there above the sounds of the traffic?
so much to hear in life that we miss for so many different
reasons. Sometimes it's because we want to talk
ourselves, so we don't truly hear what someone else has to
say, there in the sounds and the hesitations that we don't
notice. Some of the more pleasant sounds escape us
because we're busy making noise ourselves, either the
perceptible noise of our voices or the noise of the
zillions of thoughts that we allow to occupy and control
down. Slow down. Allow peace to enter you and
then emanate from you. Be satisfied with hearing the
stories of others, without contributing to them.
Listen carefully for the birds, for the laughter of
children, for the music that's there in the rhythm of the
day you're going through. Hear the nuances in the
voices of your loved ones, and hear the expressions of joy
and fear and love and hope.
Life and learning aren't about making noise and always
contributing our voices to all that goes on. Life
and learning are about having patience, about hearing
truly and fully, and allowing our lives to grow richer and
fuller as a result of what we get from what we hear.