Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I have a notebook where I write down quotes that stop me. Words, I love words that spin and weave and bob and sail.

"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.
Think how the friends that really listen to us
are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius
as though it did us good,
like ultraviolet rays."
                                                 -Brenda Ueland

 Do you have a friend or friends like this? 
I do. But I didn't always.
And from them I learned to be a listener.
Listening takes your mind off of yourself
Really listening unfolds petals of empathy
and compassion from your being

The world could use more listeners


  1. Oh my...listening is so important. And, it can be so hard some of the time to really stop and listen. REALLY LISTEN. I work on that all the time because it is such a gift to give to friends.

  2. Dogwood, it is so very hard to shut up and listen....it takes being deliberate and practice
    but you are so right
    it is a precious gift to give
    ...receiving someone else

  3. I do have a friend who REALLY listens. Her name is Dogwood. I think she is the first person I ever felt truly listened to me.

  4. Stacy~you are the dearest friend and I will always have time to listen to you.

  5. Listening is so important but not many people really listen to you.
    I have a few very good friends who do just that, one of them being my husband!

  6. my husband listens...but doesn't always hear!


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