Friday, March 14, 2008

A Time for Listening

As I've said in the past, it can be difficult for people to take me seriously.
I'm short, very slight build, look to be about 18 and have no formal degrees.

In the past few years, I have been increasing the volume of my voice so I can be heard over the reasons why I am "not qualified" to speak. And it's working.

I am so grateful and amazed at the people who are listening and I gain confidence in my message as it grows and evolves.

Today, however, I realized I have been shouting for so long I have forgotten to shut up from time to time. The sound of my own voice is getting too much airtime in my own head. It is time to stop talking so much and listen--consciously listen.

I made a choice to do that a few times today and it was so refreshing. It was like cold water on burned skin.

My feet are in the door now. I can stop trying so hard to prove my voice has value. Now, I can begin to really explore this new world I have entered and listen to the stories, opinions and feelings of the people around me. I am truly am surrounded by the most amazing people! I am so fortunate.

I may have something to give, but I have so much more to learn. It's a time for listening.


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Midlife Midwife said...

You keep talking, we'll keep listening. But thanks so much for listening in return.