Tomorrow, on @heardpod, we deep dive with his guy, @price_less_price. What's the Post Millennial generation think about today's world, and tomorrow's possibilities. Just back from prom, Price opens up about life as he experiences it everyday. From the high school locker rooms, to what it means to be a man--I learn a lot in this interview, I think you will too.
If you love them, let them know. If you miss them, let them know. If you've been thinking about them, let them know. If you respect them, let them know. If you admire them, let them know. If they hurt you, let them know. If they raised you up, let them know. Risk being know. Risk relationship. Give them something true to hear, and let them know.
When we listen with an open heart, we are giving the other person permission to express themselves freely. They may say something that challenges us, offends us, or makes us think. Our volunteers in Pakistan have displayed great courage as they take to the streets in their country. It takes courage to listen.
Many of us are privileged to live in a world that does not restrict our speech. But, free speech without free Listening is not complete. When we listen well, we create a space that inspires freedom of speech. This means we have to listen when it's difficult, personal, or when we disagree. Listening is about the other person, and if we do it well, we fully realize the gift of free speech.
It's loud out there. Everyone has something to say and somewhere to say it. With all this talk, we're bound to disagree sometimes. When we do, work hard to hear the person behind the opinion. Get their story, hear their heart, and ask, how did you arrive at this opinion?. When we get the biography not just the ideology, we can learn to hear the person not just the opinion.
It's about others. It's about you showing up for others. It's about the world being inspired by you showing up for others. It's about bringing light into a dark world when you show up for others. It's about listening. It's about you. It's about us. It's about others.
Our friends @sidewalktalkatl and @sidewalktalkusa just completed a tour across the middle of the country. They listened to people from Chicago to Atlanta and brought human connection into communities desperate to be heard. Follow them, support them, and see what they're doing to bring people together. Listening has the power to unite, Listening has the power to inspire, Listening has the power to change the world. How will you listen?!
There is a voice that only a listener can hear. A voice that does not yell, does not compete, and never shouts above the noise. It is a quiet whisper. The breathless calling of a silent sound. And, if we quiet the noise, put the phone down, and open our hearts, we may hear this gentle voice showing us possibilities and guiding us into a future only a listener will experience. This is the voice of hope. She never yells, never shouts, never demands, but she's always speaking. Always. Always. Always. All we have to do is listen.
In our second episode of @heardpod, @jamesnicholaskinney opens up about capitalism, racism, and why Jesus and TuPac are all we really need. He also gives you something at the end of this episode that we never expected anyone to give. You don't want to miss this. Sry honest conversation. Link in bio.
Our love for others should challenge us to become better people. When we listen without judgment, we grown our circle of compassion and become better people. The world needs that right now.
Every generation needs to be heard. As we all grow older, our stories become the fabric from which we shape our legacies. Slow down, pay attention, and give those who came before you your attention and respect. They have experiences and lessons it took a life time to learn. This is @analorenasm demonstrating what it means to listen, to love, and to make the world a better place.
Check out this weeks episode of @inefficiencypodcast. Urban Confessional founder, @bcmathes gets deep with host Matt Inman. He reveals the difference between balance and alignment, and talks about how to listen in a distracted world. Link in bio.
This sign is an offering, a declaration, and an signal of your availability. This sign announces that your heart is open and ready to receive. This sign can be heavy, scary, and difficult to hold. This sign is cardboard and marker, poster board and pen. This sign was someone else's trash, and it could change the world. What will you do with this sign?
Sometimes, the most powerful way to connect to another person is to simply listen. When we step into the mystery of relationship, listening becomes our map, our compass, and our North Star. Listening navigates the unknown with grace and care for the other person. Thank you @raulmijomendez for your heart, your ears, and your support.
At the end of the day, after the money's been spent, the things have lost their value, and the dust has settled, all we really have to offer is ourselves--which is all they needed in the first place.