The Lost Art of Listening

When my Granny phones me it can be the highlight of my day and it’s not just because I love her, it’s because she listens. Really listens. I know she’s sat down and has given me her full focus. She’s not listening to the TV or radio, she’s not surfing the web or checking her facebook or texting someone at the same time. She’s called because she wants to hear how I’m doing and it always reminds me to stop whatever I’m doing and really enjoy the conversation.

I notice that when she calls, my tea or coffee doesn’t get cold because I remember it’s there to drink. I notice the birds in the garden and what the weather is like and today I even noticed how beautiful our apple blossom tree is.

It made me realise that our fast paced lives leave little room for being in the moment and really listening. Life feels fast but we can choose to slow down. We can choose to only do one thing at a time and I am going to start making more of an effort to only listen when I listen.

What were you doing during your last phone call? (Listening and…)

5 thoughts on “The Lost Art of Listening

  1. I am so glad you posted this. I have always felt like a freak because I can’t talk on the phone and have background noise or other things going on. If I am on the phone I am on the phone. I always thought it was me being odd, but now I realise it is because I want to listen to what is being said.

    • Yes, it’s because you put value on giving someone your full attention. After all, our time is the only commodity we can’t create more of. You’re giving people the gift of your time and attention and it’s such a valuable thing!

  2. Your Granny sounds fabulous! Having a connection between the generations is so important and fantastic, and it can be a very special bond between grandparents and grandchilden. I love how you take the time to relax when you’re talking to her. I find that there are some people I can easily be present with, and I just thrive on their company.

    • Yes a good connection between generations can make a huge impact. My Granny & Grandpa made a huge effort to be in our lives often & it involved a long drive. And I’m forever grateful for it!

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