Slice of Life 19: A Day for Listening
By Janice Ewing
“Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen, listen.” This quote from Jacqueline Woodson was posted on the Two Writing Teachers site today as an inspiration for writing. It got me thinking about why really listening can be so hard. For me, and I guess for many of us, there’s almost a constant commentary running through my mind, not unlike the news feed below the actual news, interrupted by breaking news… I’m often in the middle of doing something, but also thinking about what I need to do next, what I may have forgotten to do earlier, or what other thing I really should be doing right now! It’s hard enough to keep the voices in my own mind straight, let alone focus on others. Today, I’m going to make a conscious effort to put my inner soundtrack on mute so that I can hear the words and the feelings behind the words of others, the myriad sounds of life humming around me, and, if I’m lucky, a story told with silence.
* This “Slice of Life” post is part of a larger blog series, hosted by the blog site, Two Writing Teachers: A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers.
Janice Ewing is an adjunct for Cabrini College and a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project. Janice co-facilitates PAWLP’s “Continuity Days” and this blog. She is an avid reader and writer, and especially enjoys writing poems.