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A New Narrative

“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” – Robert Baden-Powell

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” – Larry King

The noise of opinions, the false certainty of “rules” that have set in over time, shallow assumptions of others all run rampant through our daily thoughts, shape our perspective and blur our vision. We are overflowing with judgment, criticism and narrowmindedness.

Turn down the external noise, observe quietly, listen to expand rather than contract. Pay attention, allowing new voices to enter, renew your spirit and change the narrative.

Each of us is the author of our own life, what we take in and what we put out. Be aware and own the story that you are writing. Dare to create a fresh narrative, to change the arc of the story.

Talk less, listen more. Seek and cast light.

Praying by Mary Oliver, Thirst

“It doesn’t have to be
The blue iris, it could be
Weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”

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