“Because I have hearing loss.” That would be the simplest way to answer my question.
For years, I have struggled with taking the time to listen when others are talking with me. If a friend has a problem and needs a listening ear, I can focus for a minute or two, and then my mind wanders. I wonder what my kids are up to, what to cook for dinner, what I am supposed to do with the rest of my life… Should I make spaghetti or tacos for dinner? Should I start a new career or keep being strictly a Lipreading Mom? All of these things flow through my mind in the span of five minutes.
Can you relate?
If I can’t listen to my friend, how on earth can I focus on the stack of books I always carry?
As I sit at the library typing this blog post, I glance at the stack of books beside me. Four of them are about sewing, one is a biography. How on earth I’ll be able to read all of them with my three kids at home for the summer, I’ll never know. And I always do this: check out more books at a time than I can read. My mind is filled to the brim with written material, and I can’t focus on a single word.
Could this be my answer?
This morning, I read a blog post by Author Angela Reed Meyer. It’s all about how the busyness of our days makes it difficult to listen, especially to God. Ouch.
Maybe this is my answer?
If you are like Lipreading Mom, you carry a stack of books every day. Not literary books. More like life stuff: Work. Family. Errands. Worries.
I’ve made up my mind. After finishing this blog post, I am putting every book back on their library shelves, accept one… one book to focus on at a time. I’ll pick the biography.
Today, I am inspired to put a few things back on the shelf and focus on listening to the person across from me. And to God.
I need to be quiet.
Now it’s time for Lipreading Mom to listen to you.
What ways have you been inspired to slow down? Focus more? Listen to others?
Share your thoughts below. I promise to sit back and listen to what you say.