We crave connection. As I listened to the LTYM auditions these past two weekends, I noticed the hunger for connection in my community. I felt inspired and honored to be able to give the gift of just listening to someone’s story for five minutes. I just listened. I did not ask questions or judge. I helped people feel like their story mattered. Have you ever felt those whole body hugs that is filled with emotion? I had so many of those hugs these past two weekends. My heart overflowed with joy and gratitude.
I started to reflect on how often I practice that in my daily life with my girls. I want to really listen, but sometimes my mind is so cluttered. I find it hard to focus. I suffer from what my friend Stephanie calls “squirrel brain”.
We all want to be SEEN and HEARD and KNOWN. How can we give this gift to ourselves and to each other? I know that I become frustrated with my girls when they do not listen. I know my girls become frustrated with me when I am not truly present. So I am going to dare greatly and try to give my girls each five minutes where I just listen and hear them. Now the challenge will be to let them each have five minutes without talking over each other. Come listen to your mother, my little loves, and I will listen to you.