Oh my is there ever a difference! the art of conversation is certainly NOT one of my most developed skills. I would consider myself pathologically shy, in fact. But… when I do find myself conversing with another real live human being, I am often struck by how many people are merely “waiting to speak” while the words struggle to leave my mouth. I know they hear me and are probably mentally processing the words I am saying, but they aren’t really listening. They are simply waiting for their chance to speak. I’m not being snobby here… I certainly don’t expect people to hang on my every word, and I am quite sure that I have absolutely been guilty of “waiting to speak” on many ocassions. There really is such a difference though. It’s something I strive to do each and every time I find myself in a verbal exchange.
When I was little, I spoke to my stuffed animals and dolls ALL the time. Sure, they were a captive audience to say the least, but you know… I think that they listened! As a kid, and as an adult, I think we have an overwhelmingly human desire to simply be heard… without contradiction, without judgment. My newest miniature, Joceline, has the most attentive deep-brown eyes. I think she’s listening!
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