“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank
What would Anne Frank have given the world had she been allowed to live? The cost of hatred is high. Sadly, people are still buying hate and its ugliness. One can only imagine all the wonders that have been lost to its venom. When will the madness end?
“Nature has given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.” Epictetus
I must admit I too often failed to follow this advise. I tended to only half listen and began forming my response before the other person had finished talking. Of course, I missed a lot of what was being said and ended up not really making much of a contribution to the conversation.
After realizing that I was saying stupid things because I hadn’t paid attention to what was being said and sometimes causing hurt feelings I worked on changing my ways. I have learned that conversation can be subtle and with nuances that are important. Now I try very hard to listen attentively and patiently so I can hear what is being said in its entirety and context.
We all want to be heard and we all have something to say but we miss a lot when we start thinking about what we want to say before the one speaking has said what they want us to hear. I think there would be much less anger and conflict in this world if people would slow down and truly listen to each other.
I haven’t perfected my conversational skills. I still too often get distracted and either don’t listen attentively or just rudely interrupt the one speaking. Still a work in progress here.
I will add this… some people need to be interrupted or they would never shut up some people really have nothing interesting to say some people are hateful trouble makers and should be silenced
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All week I tried to think or something to write for a Friday truth or tale post but I could not think of a thing. I do have a list of ideas but none of them sparked, if you know what I mean. So, there was no post Friday.
There have been quite a few no post days lately. I don’t know why. I guess I am in a slump of some kind. Actually, my life seems to be in a slump which is rare for me. I don’t think I am depressed just a bit bored which is also rare for me.
Anyway, while sitting with Teddy and Jack, my cats for those who may have stumbled into my place by accident and don’t know me and the cats, I got to thinking about what I would do if I won the lottery. Someone here in SC did win two million dollars but they haven’t claimed it yet. I hope they didn’t forget they bought a ticket or worse, can’t find it!
Here’s my list of things to do if I won the lottery:
I would have homes in different parts of the country so I wouldn’t complain about the weather which I try not to do because complaining doesn’t help but sometimes it happens.
I would have a staff. A cook, cleaning/laundry person , a driver/handyman, a gardener, a personal trainer, a massage therapist, and a psychologist on call because having all that money might make me ditsy-er.
I would have more than two cats and some dogs and birds. Maybe some fish. And of course someone to feed, bath, and clean up after them so I could just enjoy them without the work.
I would have a face lift and my flappy arms tightened up.
I would go for walks like I do now but if I got tired or too hot or too cold or it started to rain or whatever I would call my driver to come get me and we would get ice cream on the way home.
I would take my friends shopping and to lunch and pay for everything.
I would fund some sort of charitable thing for kids and/or the homeless and hungry.
I don’t buy lottery tickets so none of this is going to happen. But it was fun to think about it.
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