oh yeah, ummm...finish my sentence.
Could you put that...
ughh...put that over there. Mom!!!
Bring me the...
What Mom? Bring you the what??
If you are guilty of this, you know exactly what I'm talking about
I'm a complete S P A C E R!!!
I make excuses for myself ; I'm too busy, I have alot on my mind, I can't remember everything.
I'm a great listener, but I'm probably not "listening" most of the time
I don't even listen to myself to make sure that I've completed my sentence
This weekend, I deemed the teenager my "Official Sentence Finisher"
what a prestigious title to carry, wouldn't you say?!
This has been going on for, well, probably longer than I'd like to admit.
I remember when I was younger,
my sister was telling me a story...and in the middle she says
"then these green aliens came down from the sky!"
I just looked at her with that strange puppy dog tilt to the head, Huh??!!
"You're not listening again, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention"
Last year at a convention (for my business), there was a speaker there who talked about
Imagine that, would ya'
To actually be present in the moment that you are in.
Now mind you, I did hear this about a year and a half ago, and it's slowly sinking in
But it is sinkin' in none the less
Being present would mean....
paying attention to what my kids are saying, I mean really listen - find out who has a crush on who, what this girls friend said to that boy, that she thinks her teacher hates her one day and has a crush on her the next (yes I was listening!!)
Ride bikes after dinner and feel the summer sun and the wind in our hair
Get down on the floor with the boy and play with his motorcycles
Read his book and make all those funny voices and faces
Dance and sing along in the car (oh well, you already know that story) that I can do without a problem!
Listen to stories about the biker boyz and
act interested ahem, I mean, yes, I'm really intersted
I'm working on it...
"The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention... A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words."-Rachel NaomiNemen
"At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. - Barbara Bush