July 1st, 2020

speaker, coach, consultant


“There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”
G. K. Chesterton

Good morning.

I feel better today; I can't say I've licked this virus but I feel about 90% myself and, thankfully, I'm able to drink coffee ☕ again!

This morning I'm off to see my father-in-law, Brian. His health is deteriorating fast; I'm going to spend as much time as I can with him. Right now, I don't feel sad — I know, that sounds awful, but I'm being truthful — but, instead, I'm flooded with memories of all the joyful things we've done together or as a family, with Brian always the centre of attention — and I mean that in a kind, loving and humorous way.  

What about listening?

Truth is, I feel the subject, despite being done to death, isn't understood. 

There. Said it!

By whom?

All of us.

Listen to what? 

No, not just other people (drop your Covey-speak just for now) but everything.

Everything that's going on in your life — all body, mind and soul.

Is that even possible?

I think so.

But it sounds daft, doesn't it?

Does it?


listen to your heart — not just its beating but what it's saying to you.
listen to your eyes — what are they showing you?
listen to your taste — why is food, now, a commodity and not an inspiration for the soul?
listen to your emotions — forget the inner critic and ask yourself what all your bodily sensations are saying to you.

Do you get the idea?

I know, I'm stretching things but listening, really listening, means to awaken to life — all if it.

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