LISTEN WITH INTEREST
Welcome to Day 10 of #write31days and Five Minute Friday Free Writes. Today’s word prompt is listen. As I thought about what to write I wondered if there was a difference between hearing and listening. I believe there is. It seems to me that when we listen with interest it is a more intense form of hearing.
We hear sounds every day and most we don’t even think about. They are just normal, every day sounds that we’ve become accustomed to hearing. Sometimes we don’t even listen when people speak to us. There are so many distractions these days.
I’ve been guilty of asking a question and then not really paying close attention to the answer. Then I sheepishly have to ask again.
I wonder if listening with interest is in danger of becoming a lost art.
It doesn’t have to be. We can make an effort to ignore distractions, make more eye contact and pay attention when someone speaks to us. My daughter, Jamie, and I had some extra time together last week.
By listening to each other, we were able to share encouragement and empathy in a number of areas.
LISTEN WITH INTEREST TO SOUNDS OF NATURE
One of my favorite things to do is to sit outside and listen. Of course I hear cars go by and dogs barking, but there is so much more.
I’ve learned that if I don’t pay attention, I will miss something.
One of the most beautiful sounds is the singing of the wood thrush. There’s also the buzzing of the cicadas, songs of frogs and toads, crickets chirping and much more. My haiku today is about the sounds of nature.
What can my ears hear
As I sit out on the porch
Listen closely now
Fingers of wind play
Lovely tunes on wooden chimes
Chains squeak as I swing
From the woods I hear
Rustling leaves, scampering squirrels
A woodpecker calls
Sun begins to sink
Wood thrush sings at twilight time
Frogs and toads join in
As darkness deepens
Cicadas start their buzzing
Crickets chirp along
Train your ears to hear
Nature’s lovely symphony
Every single day
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