Blog 20 Listening & Acceptance

It’s interesting how what you want in life changes over time. When I was a little girl I wanted a big wedding, a big family and a big career. But when I found my purpose in life, which was to work with those who have a mental illness, my hopes and dreams began to change. Suddenly what I wanted in life started to fall in line with my real purpose. So I had to stop, take a look around and continue to listen and observe carefully — which is a big part of what I do anyway. Without listening closely to others you can never know what they want, only what you think they want. When we start listening to what others are saying we are able to love and understand and help them in ways we never knew before.
At first it was hard for me to listen. Then I realized it was because I did not want to hear anything bad, either about others or myself. But mostly I realized I was afraid what I heard might hurt me. Now, I understand hurting is a natural part of our journey through life. Even the greatest hurts we experience teach us things we desperately need to know. I have also found that by listening closely we become more accepting of those around us and those who are special in our lives. It is also important to remember that, when listening, it is not our job to judge anyone, or anything. That job is meant for a much higher power.

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