We live in a world that has evolved into a noisy, busy, hubbub of constant noise bombardment. At any one time when the grands are around my television could be blaring, the music could be on in the back, there could be noise from the i pad game roaring, and someone is invariably trying to make a point, arguing, or crying. To say the very least--it could well rival mass pandemonium. Couple this with the railroad track being a block away, living in the flight pattern for the medivac helicopters, and a very busy six lane city street two blocks away and the noise become deafening.
A pin dropping does not stand a chance in all this noise pollution--it would take a steel girder falling from a multi story crane to have a glimmer of a chance of being heard. The only prayer for quiet time is early in the morning, since the helicopters, trains, ambulances, and police never take a break but the world is more peaceful in the pre dawn hours. Thankfully there is a little window of quiet very early in the AM---before 6:30 when the cars begin flying by on their way to the first shift at the hospital district--one block away
Listening with intent is a learned art---and I make every effort to focus on what is being said when someone is talking to me. Purposefully tuning out the constant distractions and looking at the one who is talking to me helps in hearing what they are saying. Silencing all the noise around and muting or ignoring my phone are at a minimum good manners and at the most an indication of how important the conversation is to me. Often the conversation has much deeper meaning than what you hear on the surface, and the only way to understand what is being communicated is to give your full attention to the one sitting in front of you. One of the large draw backs in the WWW is the absence of inflection when we are writing or posting---a great deal is lost in the flatness of the written word. My love for you and your importance to me are directly related to how well I listen to you.
I was recently sent a survey to evaluate a lecture I heard. It began me thinking about asking your opinion of this blog. The survey will all be for naught if you are not honest and I promise I am listening to what you say. Your opinion is important to me and what I say tomorrow will be greatly influenced by your willingness to honestly comment.
SO--here it is---fire away---PLEASE!
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