Everyone has stories to share. Many people don't believe that they are storytellers or have anything interesting to say. Sometimes, it is important to guide a person to Listen to her intuition and use her voice. This is a lesson to be learned and one Ihave been striving to put into practice - with kindness and compassion. Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't. I had a conversation with some other women yesterday about just this. Our group was divided between the 'from the heart' soft individuals and those who believed practicality rules!! It was a challenging discussion to say the least - and I recognized that conflict and I aren't the best of friends. I often get emotional or silent. It's challenging to use one's voice AND BE HEARD in a kind and accepting way. Funny some of my comments werer ignored. When I said something about that - the comment was ' Of we heard it but didn't want to be negative, so we didn't say anything". One of my greatest wishes in life is for people to be kind and RESPECTFUL. We were talking about making a difference in children's lives...and they made a difference in my life yesterday!! Like Oprah says - This I know for sure... IF an activity doesn't bring JOY to my heart, then why do I need to be engaged in it??
To end the evening - dinner with a dear friend - and a total contrast from the previous hours. We sat at a Lebanese cafe in West Philadelphia and ate and talked and totally relaxed. The time was a different kind of getting to know one another - a time we have never had in the six years we have known one another. For this time well spent, filled with love, listening and acceptance, I am totally grateful. This will happen again...it followed my operative word FUN!! Thank you my friend Lillian for your love and caring!!