One Little Word – Listen

imagesThe last two years I have held onto the word balance to  use it to help me slow down, enjoy the world and refresh from 40 years of teaching. Now it is time to hold that word in the back of my mind and move forward with a new word – listen.

Tara, from Two Writing Teachers, helped me find my OLW for this year. She doesn’t know it but thank you. I was reading her post this week and thought – I to need focus and have used this word before but that really isn’t it – not quite. I think I need to really listening this year. Tara end her post with this line –

“Only then could I read between the lines of what she was saying – to listen, rather than hear…to be in the moment and fully present.”

It is that reading between the line. The really listening to what is being said or felt that is so important.

I have used that phrase with students over and over – we need to do more than just hear – we need to listen. The definition also leads us to the difference.

  • Listen: give one’s attention to a sound.
  • Hear: perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something).

The key is in the giving one’s attention – that is what I need to do this year.  I need to give my attention to – to really listen to my thoughts, my reading and my writing. This is a year to define where I am going in my writing and my living.

So very exciting!

It is exciting to have digital friends, and close by friends who help us find our way!  Friends to listen to!

I love writing communities!  Thanks Two Writing Teachers and the wider community. I am listening!images-1

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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10 Responses to One Little Word – Listen

  1. imanlilysaad says:

    That’s awesome! Wishing you the best of luck with your writing and the listening 😀

  2. arjeha says:

    So many people hear without listening. You chose a great word – one we could benefit from applying to ourselves.

  3. Dana Murphy says:

    A lovely word – listen was one of my contenders, also. I can’t wait to see what you learn from our OLW this year.

  4. Tara Smith says:

    Listen was one of my possible words, too! What a wonderful feeling to have arrived at it, right?Now, the new year really feels ready to begin.

  5. bevbaird says:

    Love the last phot – listeing with your heart is needed in this world of ourss. Great choice for 2015!

  6. Jaana says:

    Great word! Listening can bring so much richness to your life this year!

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