Listening can feel like a lost art. What or who should we be listening to?
So many things clamour for our attention. So much passes us by in the endless flow, flotsam and jetsam of life.
People are busy as bees yet so often neglect to notice one another’s needs.
We have to pause, breathe slow and sift for the wheat within the tares and the gold in all we see and hear.
It takes discipline and time to focus on essentials, make room for whispers amidst the chaos. Heed the cries of the broken and despised.
Being attentive is hard in a fractured, distracted world, but people need and deserve to feel heard, to be accepted, to be loved.
One of the best ways we can help someone is to be truly present to them, be available with a listening ear and a caring heart.
To listen well, listen deep, listen with all our senses attuned to the words they say and those left unsaid.
It is part of being compassionate and kind to one another, being considerate, being human.
The poem below was written for #1000Speak – a call to compassion with a monthly theme.
This month’s #1000Speak theme is:‘Connection’, with a blog link up on May 20th. You can find out more here. Come and join us! 🙂
People are speaking
only what we want to hear
what is easy on our ears
to truly listen to deep
the words they speak
Each and every one,
or not, is reaching out
Aching to be accepted
Longing to be loved
Yet so often
we switch off
Tune them out mentally
Fail to appreciate
our shared humanity
Run scared from intimacy
and from saying
what might guide
in the right direction
Our passivity only leads to
Maybe some of you reading these words are always giving out to others, to your own detriment. You’ve become drained, depleted and prone to compassion-fatigue.
Your fuel tank is on empty; there is nothing left in reserve. You’re burnt-out and weary beyond measure.
If so, then this could be the time to reconnect with the Source of all energy and strength Himself, the One who longs above all to make a connection with you.
God will refuel, refresh, renew and restore your soul as you rest in His unconditional love. And we all need that because we cannot give away what we do not have.
Getting plugged in to God will strengthen and equip us to live unselfish, compassionate lives with willing hearts and able minds.