June 06, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday


Last week's challenge was to really, truly listen.  I tried to be more alert and aware.  I also tried to realize that sometimes people just need a listening ear and not necessarily an answer.  

My husband teased me the other day.  He came over to me and started mumbling quietly.  I said, "What did you say?"  He mumbled again.  

I gave him a questioning look and he said, "I guess you're not doing very well on this week's challenge!"  He smirked and off he went.  He makes me laugh.


This week's challenge is to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable.  A long time ago I had a woman I admired share some advice she received from someone she admired.  It was simple.  "Do something everyday that makes you feel uncomfortable."  I think our lack of comfort often holds up back from helping others.  We worry about the what if's instead of acting on the inspired idea.

Now this challenge is super duper broad and it's different for everyone.  I am excited to see what you all come up with.  Thanks for reading.

8 comments:

  1. This is actually the first challenge I took part in. I made more of an effort to really listen to my son (3). I realized I would kind of just give easy answers to his many, many, many questions and not really listen to what he was asking. Last week I stopped what I was doing, looked him in the eye and properly answered his questions. I also found myself understand more of what he was saying, which made for a happier house all around!

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  2. I have been trying to be a good listener instead of jumping in with something to say. It's something I need to work on, especially with my daughter.

    I do hold back on things that make me uncomfortable...I'll give it a shot!

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  3. I tried to listen better to my primary class' comments in class. I will keep trying. :) I am excited for this weeks challenge! I have a couple ideas. :)

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  4. Last weeks challenge was really eye opening. I realized that I wasn't actually very good at listening! I hadn't noticed until I tried to be more aware all week. But I learned a lot as I listened, and this is one I'm going to keep working on. As for this week, it's one I'm already working on. I don't like to share personal things about myself very often. I have a blog, but I usually share mostly about my kids. This month I am answering a list of 30 questions that are all about ME. And it isn't as easy as I thought it would be. Today, in fact, I am sharing a really personal story that I have only shared with a couple of people before now. I feel like it's an important message to get out there, but the personal side of it makes me uncomfortable. It posted this morning, and already I have almost deleted it three times. But because of your challenge I am going to try to be brave. Thanks for your help, you were inspired.

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  5. Hi Cheri! I definitely need to work on the listening more thing, as I have five kids and it can get quite noisy with everyone talking over each other, and it is so easy to just tune them out! I will be spending more one on one time with them all, so they have have my total attention... thanks for your challenges! :o)
    I also just did a post on my blog featuring your tohoku tote!!! Check it out here....
    http://cinnamon-and-sugar.doontoon.com/2012/06/06/tohoku-tote/
    It was a lot of fun!
    cinnamonandsugar(at)hotmail(dot)ca

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  6. I was a step ahead this week and didn't know it. I decided to take my 6 children to the beach for an overnight trip by myself, way out of my comfort zone! I am scared of driving in new places and staying overnight without my husband but we had a great time. my motivation was to really spend some fun time with the children, and put aside my fears and let go of stress. It was great. I am so glad i bit the bullet, pregnant and all.

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  7. Several years back I saw a mother completely ignoring her son. He was trying to tell her that he had to go to the bathroom. She kept shushing him and ignoring him until finally he had an accident in his pants. THEN, she gave him plenty of attention. It made me really sad and made an impression on my heart. Now, whenever one of my kids is trying to get my attention, I either stop what I am doing and look them right in the face...OR look at them and tell them to give me a few seconds to finish what I am doing. This lesson is so important to learn when your kids are young. Because, if you ignore them when they are little....THEY will ignore YOU when they are older! Thanks for the challenge and reminder Cheri. :)

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  8. A lady at church has been trying to convince me to do a triathlon with her, but it has been years since I've ridden a bike regularly, and I've never really done any lap or distance swimming. She has a pool and has been telling me for months to come join her and a couple other ladies at 6 a.m. for lap swimming.

    Well, today I FINALLY DID IT! I got up at 5:30 (way out of my comfort zone), showed up in my swimsuit (also not my comfort zone), and swam laps for an hour with some ladies I haven't really known that well before (running and keeping to myself are more in my comfort zone).

    I don't know if I'll ever sign up for or complete a triathlon, but I now know I CAN wake up at 5:30, show this cottage cheese body in public, make new friends, and swim (albeit slowly) for an hour. And the best part is that after today, I don't have to be the first-timer at ladies' pool morning ever again!

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