Are You Listening?

Are you listening?

Have you ever really listened?

Without planning your next few words and without searching for the sentence that will outdo the story that was just told.

Can you hold back your “should of’s,” “I would have’s,” and “why didn’t you’s” to hear another person’s truth?

To listen as they open up and share a part of themselves with you, bringing you into what might be a terrible struggle for them, hard to discuss, embarrassing to admit, or painful to re-live.

Can you fully embrace their happiness when they smile bright and express a brilliant delight, bringing you into their light, sharing their joy?

Are you listening?

Really listening?

Let those you love know you hear them.

That their words matter.

Even if it’s just for a few minutes.

No advice necessary, no money spent, no lavish parties, no gifts needed.

Just time.

And quiet, undivided attention.

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17 Responses to Are You Listening?
  1. Galit Breen
    June 15, 2012 | 7:31 am

    Love this. Such a great reminder.

    (humbling)

  2. Alison@Mama Wants This
    June 15, 2012 | 8:55 am

    You speak the truth. Hear, hear!

  3. katery
    June 15, 2012 | 9:45 am

    good point.

  4. Kir
    June 15, 2012 | 9:53 am

    yes, yes..I am listening. Always darling..love you.
    xoxo

  5. Paulette
    June 15, 2012 | 9:56 am

    We all need to know this and keep in our minds and hearts. It’s so easy to hear without really listening.

  6. Amber
    June 15, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    I tried so hard to listen. I grew up in a home where no one ever listened to me. I was just a child. So I have always done my best to listen to people and to really hear them. This is a great thing to post. I hope more people read it and listen.

    • multitaskingmumma
      June 17, 2012 | 9:06 pm

      I felt un heard growing up too. And sometimes even now. It’s hard to open up now. But those around me really do want to hear.

  7. Lady Estrogen
    June 15, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    I have my moments and I have to work on it at times, but for you? Always.

    • multitaskingmumma
      June 17, 2012 | 9:05 pm

      You are one in a million xo

  8. Jenny
    June 15, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    I struggle with giving my undivided attention some days. Today I really listened to a friend. It was true connection. She felt heard and validated.

    • multitaskingmumma
      June 17, 2012 | 9:04 pm

      I also struggle some days but it’s because you give your attention when it’s needed that you are a wonderful friend.

  9. Hopes@Staying Afloat!
    June 15, 2012 | 5:22 pm

    I love this reminder! I do my best to listen every day! Someone always needs to be heard!

    • multitaskingmumma
      June 17, 2012 | 9:04 pm

      It’s the reason I write… I often feel ignored. Thank you for listening.

  10. Kimberly
    June 17, 2012 | 7:54 am

    I love this reminder. I know how amazing it feels to truly be heard. Such a simple, yet powerful, gift we can offer to another.

    • multitaskingmumma
      June 17, 2012 | 9:03 pm

      Thank you!! And you’re so right.. it means a lot to be heard.

  11. Natalie @MamaTrack
    June 19, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    Listening is hard. But so important. And being heard matters, doesn’t it?

    • multitaskingmumma
      June 20, 2012 | 7:25 pm

      It matters so very very much!!

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