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.