Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Mantra: Listen Up

mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".

Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.

Monday Mantra: I will listen, really listen

"More than cleverness we need kindness."
- Charlie Chaplin

This week a friend of mine posted a very inspirational video to my Facebook page, with a challenge to find one as equally awesome or better. I'm not sure I passed the test, because his video was pretty darn amazing, but I have to thank my friend, Noah, for giving me the inspiration (and the quote) this week.

Every now and then I hear something that gets me. Something that sinks in deep and awakens a thought, a question, an idea. Every now and then something is said so eloquently that it simply can't be ignored.

That's what this video did.

This young girl wrote a speech that, as is it listed in YouTube, silenced the world for five minutes. She wrote with no fear, no caution, no carelessly placed words. Everything she said was said from the heart. Every word was perfectly selected and carefully thought out. Each sentence hit home a little harder and, as you will see, silenced an entire room of adults who thought they had the world figured out.

The message she brought to the table is one that all should listen to. It's one that literally begs to be heard and then equally begs for action, not just empty promises.

Take a moment today to think about the last time you really listened to what someone was saying. Think about what message they were trying to convey, not what you were trying to hear. There is a difference. Then take action on what they were trying to tell you. Follow up with them. Let them know you really and truly heard them. Let them know you care. Show them by listening. Then show them by acting.

One small shift, one person at a time, leads to the whole world taking a new direction. We can do it together, we have to.

We just need to listen.

What or who are you listening to? What will you do?

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