Every now and then I try to stop and listen. Really listen in some way that I don’t on an everyday basis. Sometimes I listen to the dog breathing and thumping his tail. Sometimes I listen to the quiet around me. Sometimes I listen with all my might to what a girlfriend is telling me. I don’t do this often enough–I’m trying to get better at it.
Girlfriend Guru RACHEL AWES reminds us how important it is to listen. Can you imagine if we all took a little bit of time to stop all the conversations and notes and reminders and next steps and self-talk and chaos in our heads? What are your best tips for finding time to listen to the really important things, girlfriend?
Once a month I feature artwork that references listening from girlfriends all around the world. The feature is called “Listening to You”.
The artwork featured here is by my gorgeous friend in New Jersy, Aimee Dolich (can find her at http://artsyville.blogspot.com). I love opening my arms wide and receiving art to share from states and countries and hearts other than my own.
Our collective talent amazes me. Not only can we hold hands and do some of the classic things we girlfriends do together ~ meet over coffee, take walks, see movies, but we can also share our creative life together. My poetry can meet your painting. Your piano playing meet my dancing. Your joy meet mine.
RACHEL AWES‘ book, “all I did was listen,” endorsed by authors/artists SARK and Kelly Rae Roberts, is available in her store http://rachelawes.etsy.com. (If any readers have artwork that references listening and would like to share it on Rachel’s blog, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let’s make 2013 a special year – filled with friends and gratitude. Sounds like the winning combination for a wonderful new year!
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