Take the time to listen: Everyone has a story
I received a call this week from someone who I have yet to meet face to face, and yet, by the tone of her voice on the message, I could tell she is someone I would look forward to meeting. The energy, tone, and the words she said left me thinking she would be the type of person who you would feel better for having spent time together.
When we did speak, I felt like I had known her for years. She shared amazing stories of her mother in World War II, a special story from her childhood and more. I was fascinated, excited and wanting to hear more.
It reminded me that we all have a story to tell, and better yet, stories! They are worthy of sharing and deserving of being heard. It used to be, the key way that meaningful events were kept alive and passed on to the next generation, was via family times at the table, sitting by the fire or anytime extended family members were together. However, in this day, an age of cell phones and computers sending information in nano seconds, the glory of listening to someone’s history has become a lost art.
In working with seniors, I often find that even children are not aware of some of the fascinating stories their parents could tell. I encourage all of us to share family history and personal stories with each other. Never think that someone would not be interested, it is exactly the opposite, they would be on the edge of their seats.
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