|You have no idea how many awkward selfies I took|
on this trip. It's seriously staggering.
What am I doing here? Oh gosh, who knows.
Also, in reviewing my trip pictures, it's become
clear that I have a huge obsession with the Eiffel Tower.
One of the things I love most about traveling is the people I meet—the fascinating, crazy, annoying, lovable people. I just vacationed in France so I’ve been on a shipload (why no, Thesaurus.com that’s not what I meant) of planes, trains and automobiles, meeting lots and lots of people in the process.
Boy was I in for a shock.
Not Drug Lord but Probably Girlfriend?: Honey I love you.
Scary Guy Who’s Apparently a Giant Teddy Bear: Baby you’re the best, you know I love you too.
Friends, he would not stop talking. About his job with FedEx, where he makes good money, but it’s bittersweet because he travels a lot and it takes him away from his wife, who is the Love of His Life. No, that’s not strong enough. She’s the Sun and the Moon and Stars and he would Die For Her. No joke, this is all coming out of his mouth. About the music he listens to, which is all OLDIES LOVE SONGS. I kid you not, he actually made me write down a bunch of OLDIES LOVE SONGS to look up on YouTube.
I'm not kidding, this guy talking about his wife brought me tears. I learned a thing or two about love that day.
And that’s the thing. Sometimes we need to just listen.
It’s a lost art, listening. We’re so busy with our work, our phones, our lives, our overall busy-ness, that stopping to listen to someone—really and truly listen—it’s just not something we do.
And it should be. Because when someone takes the time to truly listen to me, I feel heard. I feel cherished. I feel loved.
So now, I'm doing my best to listen better, to listen more. And not just to strangers, but hey, maybe those people closest to me, too.
Anyway. Thanks for listening. ;)
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. - James 1:19The first duty of love is to listen. - Paul Tillich
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. -Ernest Hemingway