Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Glistening in the Light

You hit it right on the head with “can you hear me now?” If the answer is “no” it’s probably because I can’t hear me now. Once I get that clarity–tune in to that signal–I’ll be clear to others, too.Steve Farber, author, Radical Leap, and Radical Edge

Listening. I’m listening now in a way that I wish I had listened all of my life. Oh the things that I’ve missed by having thoughts when I could have been hearing what was said. People share such marvelous things, gifts really, golden glorious, gentle gems. I walked right by them without knowing. Who would have thought that listening requires that my ears be wired to my heart?

It’s not so much sadness I feel . . . or regret at things done wrong. What I feel is the absence, the loss that comes from not knowing. I feel minus a glow I might have had, if only I had been listening . . . and hearing.

I’d feel a brightness shining deep inside me, that’s only now begun.

If a tree falls in a forest . . .

I want to be listening.

Glistening in the light.

−me strauss Letting me be


Trée said...

As someone who has written a workshop on Listening skills I must say Liz, you have touch upon the essense of it all. I am very proud of you and if you were in my class I would give you a gold star and the chance to pick your cookie first from the plate on my desk. And I would enjoy every second of the smile on your face for having done a good job. This time, I would be listening with my eyes and they would soak in the joy of being, of shared respect and mutual understanding. :-)

ME Strauss said...

Oh Tree,
Now that I've picked . . . thank you! What wonderful things I hear you saying. You're right I'm grinning and smiling, especially at that last sentence. :)

Katrina said...

Sincerely put,

ME Strauss said...

Thank you, Katrina,
It is. Are you listening?

heather said...

*shiver* very beautiful!!

ME Strauss said...

Hi Heather,
Thank you. What a lovely compliment.