Listen to those who are trying to speak to you.
We all have things to say. We all want to be heard. When you take the time to listen to someone, you are acknowledging their value. And they feel it.
Have you ever watched a child not being listened to? I have. I am a people watcher. (I get it from my mom.) I have seen people being ignored. Not listened to. Not acknowledged. Not valued. I have watched a little girl speak over and over and never get a response. I watched her stop trying.
I stopped trying. I know what it is like to be unable to be heard. And I don’t want to make anyone feel that way.
I know I can get so focused on my work that it is hard to pull my brain out of it. But when my little girl comes and stands next to me and talks, I want to listen. I want to listen every time. I want her to grow up feeling fabulous. Knowing that she is heard and loved and valued.
It starts with being truly listened to.