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Harder than it sounds. (Oops, no pun intended.)
Lately I've been asking Papa-God to speak to me. A fresh word.
He asks me, instead, to give him fresh ears.
I guess that's my word for 2013 then.
How simple is that? I used to teach speech communication, for Pete's sake. And the first principle I always taught my kids was that regardless of what is said, there is no communication until someone has heard what is said and responded.
Yup. I definitely need to start actively listening.
What does that -- actively listening -- look like exactly?
My being still for one thing. (Nope, not too good at that; well, unless I'm parked in front of NCIS or Hawaii Five-O . . . or have the latest issue of Country Living in my hands.)
Eliminating distractions while sitting still. (See above. But, at least for me, it also means choosing not to look around the room looking for pictures that need to be straightened, dust bunnies that need to be chased . . . yes, I am difinitely spiritually ADD.)
Carving out time specifically to sit still without said distractions. (And let's be honest, doesn't it feel like that sometimes? Carving out -- almost surgically incising -- a slice of time from each crazy-busy day strictly for the purpose of some soul-biopsy. Often painful, always time-consuming, but so necessary for the overall health of my being.)
I guess I've been wanting Papa to just send me a text or to facebook me.
I gotta start listening. Actively.
What's your word for this new year? You can tell me. I'm listening.