One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.
Sometimes that turned out to be hearing what people were actually saying. Sometimes it turned out to be noticing sounds I’d never before noticed:
like the sounds of fingers sliding across guitar strings;
or ducks digging for grub in my yard;
or birds signalling their neighbors;
or a child telling her mom that she wondered why that lady needed to use a cane;
or a friend who simply needed to cry and be held.
This week has reminded me that listening can be even more important than watching.
What important stuff have you heard lately?