It hurts to stay in my skin sometimes as messages blister across airwaves and page.
If I could say one word to we-the-people of this land that I hold dear,
it wouldn’t be “love” but I would mean that so big.
It would be listen. Please listen.
Because we’re saying love a whole lot but I wonder how it is
we keep arriving at conclusions while sidestepping respectful conversation.
Love is love is love…..it extends to oppressors as well as the oppressed.
There is a distinctly different working out of it for each,
but love gets dragged up under the rails and crushed
when we don’t let it steady our speech.
Words that diminish will never move us into healing change.
They just won’t.
We need to listen and hear.
I’m breaking from making the words so I’ve gathered some quotes that I love
about listening and learning to lay down our arms….. to let love have a go.
Hope you find a nibble that you like:
“You reclaim your power by loving what you were once taught to hate.”
– Bryant McGill
“Listen with curiosity.
The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand.
We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply.
We listen for what’s behind the words.”
– Roy Bennett
“Being heard is so close to being loved
that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.”
– David Augsburger
“Instead of seeing how much pain I can dish out towards those I disagree with,
or who I believe have done me wrong,
I seek to use my words and behavior to create more of what the world needs
– love, compassion, and connection.”
“Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves
and then to our neighbors.”
– Fred Rogers
“Your lips are moving, I cannot hear.
I’m looking through you, and you’re nowhere.”
– Paul McCartney
Thanks for dropping by, dear one. I so appreciate your presence here.
My mister is having surgery in a few days and I’ll be wearing a few more hats.
He’s not ill; just in big-time pain and must get a brand new knee.
The timing also feels painful hard as we head into our busy season so I’d appreciate
all the prayer, good juju and encouragement you might feel inclined to send:)