When I was mulling over my choices, and Listen plopped into my brain, I was not enthused. Are you sure? What about Love, or Peace, or Joy…you know, those lofty fruits of the Spirit? I can sure use more of any of those. Or sound attitudes like Acceptance and Letting Go? Each of those attitudes seemed more viable.
Listen to the musn’ts, child, Listen to the Don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. List to the never haves, then listen close to me…Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein
This morning as I was mulling over Listen, I heard precious Big Mama’s voice echo clearly. “Now listen here.” She might say, “Well, I’m gonna tell them, just listen here…” Very often it was to the grandkids, “Now you kids listen here…”
Big Mama had a voice that carried. The sort of voice that I could hear at the kitchen sink when my husband was talking to her on the phone across the room at the table. I guess it carries yet from heaven to my heart. I smile as I write this, hearing it. I listened well to her. Big Mama was a wise woman.
Listen and Learn is the saying. As I wrote this, I realized that to listen encompasses just about everything. It is the listening ear and heart that learns of love, peace, joy, and how to accept and let go.
So this year I Listen.
And I hear dear Sweetie-Pie calling, “Nan–na!” so I’m off. Do let me know what your Word for the year is.