Thursday, June 4, 2015

Listening

A couple days ago I posted about how most of us don't take the time to listen to other people tell us who they are. Today I got the chance to practice what I preached. Through the magic of Facebook, I conversed with a guy that I had worked with and talked to a few times outside of work but mostly we were just acquaintances. As we talked, I tried my best to listen and gain a picture of this individual with no preconceived notions. He shared some of his writing with me which was honest, well thought out and powerful. Seeing life through someone else's eyes gave me a further appreciation for humanity. It's why I love The Moth where people tell true stories live in front of an audience. We all need to be brave and share our stories in a place that is safe to do so. When you take the time to step out of your own mind and walk down the path of another human, you start to realize that we really aren't all that different. I suppose I should clarify that, those who are brave enough to share their stories, we are all the same. Tired enough of the bullshit facades thrown up largely through materialism and phony smiles, that we put ourselves out there through artistic expression hoping to make sense of it all and find others like us. 

I'm not congratulating myself here, just recounting my experience. I listened and made a new friend who while we've had very different lives, we're still the same at the core. We just want to do better, be better for ourselves and everyone else. If you want to be understood, maybe try stepping out of yourself for a minute and listen to someone else. Many times if they aren't completely self absorbed, they will listen to you too because they get it. We can find our brothers and sisters out there, they are calling, we just have to listen to what they are saying. 

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