You know I really like themes, words, seasons, milestones, marking time, etc. I never miss an opportunity to put a label on something, whether good or bad.
Though my birthday was over a month ago, I’ve been mulling over a goal or focus for my 32nd year. The word “listen” keeps coming up.
I have a habit of interrupting, or sometimes not really hearing what others are saying because I’m just waiting to jump into the conversation with my own thoughts. I want to listen better.
I have a few hopes/thoughts/interests/desires that have laid dormant for a while, mostly because I don’t think I give them time or intention. I’d like to listen to these things within me and allow time and space and prayer for them to potentially develop.
Our country and our world seem so devastatingly polarized these days. I know that one step towards healing this divide is committing to listening to others, even if their opinions or experiences are different than my own.
There is a lot of noise out there vying for my attention (mom competition! hate! fear mongering!). I want to be wise about what voices I do listen to and which ones I need to purposefully ignore.
This word seems fitting with my previous post, as I was reflecting on what a privilege it was to listen to some dear neighbors share their stories. And how much I desired that every.single.American could have been in that room with me, listening alongside me, to these intelligent, hardworking, insightful humans. And how differently we then, would likely address this issue of immigration if we no longer looked at it as an issue, but recognized it’s actually about people. People whose stories we’ve listened to.
Not that I have a simple solution, (though I have a few ideas) but I sincerely believe that a significant part of the problem is that we are listening to politicians and anonymous Twitter comments, instead of actually listening to, you know, immigrants, in this example.
So, thanks for listening to me, on this here blog. And you know your insta, blog, or facebook comments are always welcome – I promise I’ll listen. 🙂