LISTENING LESSONS DAY
Tuesday Aug. 9, 2016
Highlight, low-light – surprises yesterday. Remarkable, times two.
Both profoundly inspiring …
First, someone making it their mission to make my day miserable; I dealt with it more calmly than I might normally (I’ll credit Sunday’s mountain visit for calming my Ch’i), realizing I was dealing with an angry person. He needed to vent. We each told stories. He vented. I let him. Like watching a movie scene from many years ago: in which I was venting, someone ‘letting me’. That picture kept me calm with a very unsettling first call of the day, first work day on the other side of my line … inspired me to resolve his issue, and two others he knew nothing about.
Second, an interview over lunch – interviewing Sam for an upcoming issue of FACILITYCalgary. Interview went well, lunch was great, JF stopped by our table to chat – so it was ‘a great lunch’. And THEN we got talking about projects we’d each done, one where we’d ‘almost made something great happen together’ … and brainstorming began. Maybe we’ll do something …
That ‘meeting after the meeting’ was energizing and uplifting.
Which begs this question – as each day we encounter situations and people; when something happens, when discussion takes us down paths of negativity or euphoria, how do we distinguish between something we should let pass by from something we should pay attention to and pursue with zeal?
Reminder in profound terms – when issues du jour and reasons for conversation are done, valuable surprises arise from swapping stories. Sometimes we need to talk, tell stories or vent. Mostly we need to listen – that’s where the action is.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk with Gusta: 12C/54F, clear, light on the horizon – Gusta sniffing her way in the dark, I’m enjoying these near-silent middle of the night strolls. Maybe I’m being nocturnal …
TRUTH OR BELIEF
Great piece this morning. And yes. Happy Birthday!, KC, Edmonton, AB