Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Friday, April 13, 2012
Gratitude - Letter "L"
My gratitude word for today is "Listen." How many times have you been in a conversation and spent the entire time planning how you were going to respond to what the other person was saying? I spent most of my life communicating that way. I had to teach myself to focus and pay attention to the other person. It's not always easy, especially if they are saying hurtful things. But if I truly listen, I am giving both them and me a gift.
The other important aspect of listening for me is to listen to myself. To my own inner voice and wisdom. To my body. What is it trying to tell me? What happens if I don't pay attention. Most of the time, if I don't listen, I get sick, or hurt, or miss an opportunity. Some negative consequence happens.
So I am learning to tune in more and more and listen, both to myself and to others.
How about you?
I am out of town this weekend, but will catch up with everyone Sunday night.