When I began my foray into Listen To Your Mother, I had no idea the stories that I would be privy to at auditions. Storytelling is a tradition as old as the human race. In our connected world, we lose sight of being present and really listening to stories. As a mom of two little girls, they can talk my ear off. I am a distracted listener and an habitual multi-tasker. This trait made me seem unkind and not caring. I also had horrible recall of stories and conversations. I simply was not present.
LTYM changed my life. The whole audition process made me a more compassionate listener. We see ordinary people tell extraordinary stories. It made me realize that I can never truly know a person’s story until I hear it from them. Everyone wants to be truly seen and heard. Each story touches my heart, and I leave auditions feeling grateful for this opportunity to hear these sacred stories. Stories are how we make sense of our world, and it is a blessing to listen to them, distraction free. It has made me a better listener to my little ladies. I ask them now to stop telling me a story if my attention is not focused entirely on them. I crave those moments of their day that they decide to share with me.