Speech has allowed the communication of ideas; enabling human beings to work together to create the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failure by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking. Stephen HawkingI went into the office today. It was my first day back since surgery three weeks ago. People were talking.
It's nice to know you're missed. Nice to know people are thinking of me -- and missing me too! It's nice to have a place where I fit in, where I belong, where I make a difference.
And it all comes about by talking.
And the first part of talking is... listening.
At our Director's meeting this morning, the assistant Exec Dir. said to me. "I met with," and she named a client with whom I've worked closely over the past two years on several different initiatives. "He sure thinks highly of you," she said. "In fact, as he told me of all you've done to help him, he cried. I just wanted to let you know."
I was touched. Moved. Humbled.
I haven't really done that much, other than to listen. And to keep asking questions. To keep cheering him on as he's made significant changes in his life, and attitude, and worked towards moving out of the shelter.
He's moving out soon. Got a place of his own. A job. A future.
And he's got hope of new possibilities.
All because, we started talking about where he was at. All because we started talking about where he wanted to go and the possibilities of a new tomorrow.
Life is filled with possibilities. But, when I stay silent. When I tune out, nothing happens. When I quit listening, or hold back from speaking up, I am limiting the possibilities of creating new opportunities, of gathering new insights, or deepening my learning and understanding of what makes me tick. Of what makes life go round. Of what makes this life such an amazing, incredible, awesome journey.
We gotta hear what the other person's saying, or what the voice inside us is saying, before we can talk about what it is we can do to change, to move forward, to move onward, to create more of what we want in life.
It's the gateway to more. It's what connects us. It's what makes it possible for us to connect in new and more powerful ways.
The question is: Are you talking about the possibilities or are you shut off from hearing what's out there, waiting, just around the next conversation?