THANK YOU NIKI AT The Richness of a Simple Life FOR HOSTING THIS CHALLENGE.
There were various prompts this week to help the participants exercise their kindness muscles. The prompt I chose was to listen closely to other people.
I wrote last week that truly listening to another person was a bit of a problem for me. I found myself doing all the things that make you a less than compassionate listener:
- I wanted to solve the problem.
- I was mentally preparing my response.
- I just plain zoned out on what the person was telling me.
Then to my horror, I caught myself looking over the shoulder of the person who was speaking to me in order to check out who else was in the room. YIKES!
Well, the Challenge has helped me identify a problem and I practiced listening this week with as much attention as my poor distracted mind would allow.
I can’t say that I didn’t fall into old behavior but I count this week as a win. I listened with more care and at least was aware when I started to drift off. I also found that this listening was not just a blessing and kindness to the speaker but also became a blessing for me. I found that I retained more of what was said and in certain circumstances made less mistakes due to memory loss.
Happy listening everyone,