How often do we hear someone make the statement: You’re not listening to me! Sometimes when that phrase is uttered we shut down and go into defensive mode because we know that we definitely heard them – whatever their original request was. We marked it down, etched it into our minds somewhere amidst the clutter of our every day memories and subtle subconscious reminders. A lot of us even save conversations in order to re-read and replay that conversation in our minds in an effort to hang on to that situation months or even years down the road. Yes, we heard you – but were we really listening to them?
It’s a cool and cloudy day here on the east coast this morning. I’m enjoying my coffee slowly while wishing I had a warmer to set my mug on. I was thinking this morning about how connected the world is these days but some of our personal relationships could use a boost. Whether it’s a social boost or simply your friends or loved ones need to know you care about them or need to hear again how much you love them. The simple fact that we can send a tweet and within seconds it reaches the far corners of the world and how incredible that is, yet we barely speak to family members or we put off time for friends because we assume tomorrow is granted to us. I understand we may not have the time to sit down for an hour a day and gab but even a simple text, email or voice message goes a long way.
Take a moment today to reach out to someone or a few people who may need to hear that message more than you feel like sending it. Love is the cureall.
I know this time of year we are busy wrapping up the school year, trying our best to get our lawns in shape, and working hard to clean out all the old junk in our homes. We are used to giving away old clothes, and out dated electronics in some cases too for all new upgrades. What about in our pantry? American’s over-consume a lot of things, but our waste of food seems to be the worst. I invite you to look through your pantry especially and donate anything that has not yet expired that you know you or your family will not consume before its expiration date. There are many food banks that desperately need items to help in your community. There are many families that can not afford to put not only a health meal on the table, but enough that everyone gets enough to eat. Many children go to bed starving, even in some middle class neighborhoods.