Listen to Hear, Look to See…

These four words have been on my mind for some time now. In fact J had written one draft,  but I wasn’t happy with  it. Most of the time I will lay it aside for a few with the intent of  coming back to it with a clear head. Then it is easier to edit and publish.

This time it is not the case. Reading my draft I kept four words, that be the title, and I threw away the rest. It wasn’t a bad piece of prose.  It just wasn’t what I wanted to say. So let’s try this again.

We say we listen,but we do not hear.  What do you mean, Nick I hear ya? Okay, on rare occasion I might have your complete attention. The times when you are not distracted by the noise in our world today. Most of the time you are halfheartedly listening as you drift off miles away. Thinking about your girl friend or boy friend or any number of things. How do I know this?  Easy I have been there. And will be there again.  Ha,  there you go lecturing us on the evils of not hearing and you do the same. You are right I ‘m not perfect. Nor do I want to be. Human is the closest I can be to perfect for me. What I do want is to be open. Open  to learn. Open to change. Open to grow. So I MUST make a conscious effort to listen with these two ears AND hear with my mind and heart…

Now, if I still have your attention let’s move on to the other two words  I wish to talk about.  Look to see. How often have you heard testimony from a person in a car accident sound like this? ” Wow man I don’t know what happened.  I was driving down the road and I didn’t see you…..” Or   ” Left the house in a hurry to get to work. I was making a left turn on to main street and I didn’t see  you coming…..” This probably happens more often than we care to think about it.  One time is too many times.  We look , but we don’t see.  I think it speaks for its self so I wouldn’t go on and belabor the point.

I make no apologies for my words as they are intended for those that choose to hear.Knowing this it applies to me first..  If others benefit from what I experience it is a win, win. Giving me the opportunity to give back a little of what is given to me.