Listening v Hearing

Is a pond important?

Maybe it’s an age thing, and I don’t mean that in a detrimental way to anyone, but, I’ve found as I grow older that simpler, smaller things make me as happy as the big stuff.  Watching the dogs playing in the garden, or our pond absolutely teeming with life are the things I’ve grown to love, and when I say it’s an age thing, I think it’s just that life’s experiences cause you to think more about what’s really important.

The frogs and fish have been hard at work, the pond is full of baby fish and tadpoles!

Seeing my children laughing and messing around and being so close to each other means the world to me, knowing they’ve grown into beautiful, well-rounded people who care about the world, and the people in it, makes my heart burst.  Watching four of the most wonderful, amazing women in my life blooming as their babies grow inside them is nothing less than magical, and meeting their children when they’re born and watching them grow up will be a huge privilege.

Does all of this mean I’ve lost my big dreams and ambitions?  No, not in the slightest, it just means that every talk I give, every person I’m able to help a little, every time I have the opportunity to spread the word about every person being valued for who they are, without judgement, is another small step closer to getting the acceptance in society that’s so badly needed.  Little things…that add up to big things.

We’re all guilty!

Maybe appreciating the little things adds up to being Mindful?  Maybe it’s about rushing a little less and actually taking in the world around us, the people, nature, sounds and smells?  Actually taking the time to listen to what people have to say instead of eternally thinking about what we want to say and missing most of their side of the conversation.  Listening is a skill and we can learn so much from actually hearing what a person is saying, the difference between ‘listening’ and ‘hearing’.

Is it possible that taking life a millisecond slower than we do could make all the difference, would we learn more and be more mindful of other people’s feelings and how we can learn from them?  Would we all create greater success if we just paid more attention?  I think so…..

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