31 Grace-Full Days: Day 3 – Listen

“When I am constantly running, there is no time for being. When there is no time for being, there is no time for listening.” – Madeleine L’Engle – Walking on Water

Today was one of those days when I ran from one thing to the next thing to the next. It ended here on my couch, at 8:45 p.m., just me and a glass of wine and Facebook.

My husband has been working non-stop for weeks now due to work deadlines. We caught up for 10 minutes as I was coming in the door and he was getting ready for bed. I listened. He told me about the day’s frustrations.

As I sit here on the couch, I am acutely aware of the loud noise of the water splashing down from the filter in the turtle tank where Myrtle, Floyd and Betsy are not yet ready to call it a night. It starts to grate on my nerves, so I turn on the fan. Noise.


I close Facebook because the visual noise on my computer screen is overwhelming. I can’t possibly catch up with everyone’s posts. I can’t possibly read them all. I seriously need space.

On days like this, it’s hard just to “be.” So many things demand my attention. But if I never make room to give my soul some space, how will I ever listen? If I never listen, how will I hear beyond the noise what those around me are trying to say?

Have I missed a moment that I should have taken in like a long slow breath and savored? In my rush to be productive, did I miss an opportunity to just be with someone? Did I fill my spaces with things that don’t matter, squeezing out the things that do matter?

I cannot hear if I cannot listen. I cannot listen if I cannot be. Sigh.

My Grace-full pause: A moment of be-ing can tune out the noise so I can listen to what matters.

12 Comments on “31 Grace-Full Days: Day 3 – Listen

    • Awwww thanks Dan! Conversations with me can definitely be interesting! And Troy and I are both fortunate to have each other. He “gets” me 🙂

      • Yes I get you, understand you and try to remain tender even when work stress increases.

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  4. I love this post! STOP, QUIET YOURSELF, BE, LISTEN! Words for me to remember!

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