Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Time For Me Now Inspiration - Listening

Going about our day and our activities we hear as we go along. There is the workplace conversation that we here, the lunch conversation that we hear, the radio we hear as we drive to/from work or about
town. Then there is the conversation preparing for dinner or while dining out that we hear.
Perhaps if there are children or young adults at home, there are questions answered that we hear, such as “How was school/work”, “Do you have homework”… Then finally as the day draws to the end perhaps hearing the television sounds as you get ready for bed. All these sounds that we hear each day and that we interact with each and every day are heard. The questions, the responses, the peripheral sounds are around each of us ever single moment we are awake. Yes, this includes sounds we hear when outside working around the yard, taking a walk or just hanging around and enjoying the outside doors.
Time for me now to share my Inspiration of this past week: Dream Catcher connection!
I was walking around the park, there were musicians playing, kids running around having fun, parents sitting on benches enjoying the beautiful day. My friend sat down on the bench, since there was only room for one, I sat down on the ground, and actually I ended up lying down on the grass! I closed my eyes and was just hearing all the sounds going on around, the laughter, the conversations around me. There was a man, Dave, sitting on a bench near where I was lying; I could hear my friend begin to engage him in conversation about the dream catcher he was making and how he ended up in town. Eyes still closed I heard Dave speaking but still in my own thoughts, when all of a sudden I heard him talk about his dog. My attention shifted by hearing to Listening to his story. See Dave was living in another state, was lonely and wanted a dog but really couldn’t afford to get one, as he was trying to save money to relocate in his current state, when one day a black bull dog showed up. Dave began taking care of the dog; he would take this dog on walks. One morning several weeks after the dog showed up, Dave was taking him on a walk, when the dog suddenly went off his path to an area of leaves and branches. The dog kept digging, so Dave bent down and saw a book; turned out it was an old bible. He described the bible in great detail, as I listened; it was evident that this bible had seen a season or two with crinkled pages and warped binding. Dave explained flipping through the bible when he came upon a section that had hundred and fifty dollars bills, totally $2,700!! He looked to see if there was any information as to the owner, but whatever had been there was gone. Listening I heard Dave’s story in detail, heard his voice sound discouraged as to how his life had been to his excitement of the bull dog showing up and finally to the surprise and gratitude for the bible and the money. Did the dog relocate with Dave? Actually, no because a week later, the dog ran off and though he attempted to find him, he was never found.

My Reminder: Gratitude, Appreciation and what we need is provided at exactly the right time!

"Listening Empowers and Enriches my Life"