May 30, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to learn the names of a few people and to use them in conversation.  I did it!  There were a few people at church that I knew of, but I didn't really ever know their names.  I learned their names and have been trying to use them in conversation.  Using their names helps me to remember them as well.

This week's challenge is recycled from one last year, but I could stand to work on it a bit more.  

This challenge may not even seem like a good deed, but it's something I'm trying to work on personally.  The challenge is to listen.  Sometimes I find myself saying, "I don't know" to my kids' questions because I'm busy doing something else.  This week I'm going to try hard to give them my full attention when they are talking.  This doesn't have to be about kids, though.  It's a challenge to truly listen to everyone you come across.  Maybe it's a stressed friend who just needs to know you care.  Maybe it's someone who needs to vent.  Maybe it's a person who feels alone. 

I know that this challenge is a hard thing to gauge, but I also know it's really important.  I might write it on my hand to help me remember it throughout the week.

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

Did anyone learn some new names this week?  How did it go?  Thanks for reading.


Tiffany said...

I just wanted to say, I've been really working on the listening myself. Sometimes, when I'm in a conversation, I hear something I want to talk about too, and then, I stop listening, cause I'm waiting for my turn to talk. But I have been making a conscience effort to not do that and to just listen. I think I absorb more when I make an effort to listen.

Maureen said...


Every week you extend these great challenges, and every week I think "Oh, I'm going to do this one!" and every week I forget until the next wednesday when you issue another. However, I try to listen to everyone and when I catch myself not listening, I stop what I'm doing and apologize and ask them to please tell me again. I don't know why, but the person I fluff off the most is my daughter. Doesn't make sense does it? Why would you do this to the person you love the most in the entire world? But I'm guilty, I admit it and I'm trying to do better.


Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

I need to work on listening too. My brain seems to always want to multi-task, it's very hard for me to give people my full attention. Thanks for the reminder-it's so important to listen especially to the little ones.

kim west said...

love this challenge!!!

Elizabeth said...

This is something I know I need to work on, and have been trying to do better. I am a deep thinker, and sometimes don't listen 100% to my husband and son, among others. Thanks for the extra push.

Katie said...

I worked on this challenge this week! For almost a year I have lived in my ex in-law's ward. It hasn't been really fun, to be honest. People have been super mean to my kids and I, and so I basically hide out in the back of the room and try not to be noticed. Because of this I only know the names of about 6 people in our whole ward. So this Sunday I went out of my way to introduce myself and ask people their names. I still didn't come across anyone who was very friendly, but now I can call my mom on the phone and say "Sister Haskell made me cry today in church" instead of calling her "some lady". :) Really though, it did make my life a little better because at least I'm trying, which I am guilty of not doing before.

Lindsay said...

I love that quote (and the quote in the gorgeous photo), and I'm definitely going to work on this!


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