“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
Stephen R. Covey
When I was a real working person, I devoured business and relationship books. I loved reading about how to hear what your client wanted. I learned to listen. I’ve kind of forgotten that over the years. As Jay says, I have lots of suggestions! I’m in a rush to reply. I need to zip it. But, solving problems WAS my job for many years. It’s kind of ingrained. “What fabric would you use to make this pattern so that I can get more than one season?” “How would you alter this garment so that I can look great in pictures, but still dance?” That kind of thing. First I studied textiles, then worked in the most amazing fabric shop and then had my own dressmaking business. Now I’m going from animal to finished product with alpacas. I do my best to keep them healthy and if something doesn’t look good, all along the way, I dig for solutions to which some things there are no answers. Take Flo. And Oia. They are half sisters. A few years ago, they both developed rough skin around their eyes, their bellies and groins. No one else has it. The doc came to the conclusion that just like some people have allergies, or skin sensitivities, they did too. I provide comfort and some times of the year are better than others. But for the most part, it’s watching and checking and being helpless to get rid of it. It’s listening with no answers.
What’s this all about? Listening and watching and just being there. I love the early morning quiet. Well, the crows are squawking and the doves are cooing. Someone just fired a shot-we can hear that from a gun club. I’m watching the hummingbirds flit from my catmint to the feeder and missed him at the catmint. I can hear the hum of their strong wings. I’m watching a bird build a nest in the boxwood by our window. Somehow they see me raise my camera and they scoot, but somehow I get a picture. Like this one. Not great, but shows that hummingbirds will take real plants over the sugar water if offered.
The nest builder on our grill. I wasn’t fast enough to catch her in the bush.
So today, our piano tuner, John Williams, is coming today. I’m amazed at how he can hear each note, each tone, each key. With his head tilted he listens and tweaks until our piano is sounding rich and vibrant. Then he’ll play for a while. For his pleasure and ours. It’s quite a treat and something that I look forward to hearing. No pics because he isn’t here yet.
What did I hear over the weekend? We started with a visit to a very unique coffee shop in town. Hooded Wonder Coffee and Music had the soft grand opening and continued Friday-Sunday 8 AM-5 PM. It was a success! We stopped in at the beginning and at the end and were pleased with the service, the price (oh so important in Jtown) and the quality-delicious and nutritious and beautiful, served on vintage plates and that really is special. But what did I hear there? Happy, smiling and sated customers. Thanks to all who came out to support this new venture! Put it on your list.
Oh boy, this long! We spent the weekend camping in our camper so I’ll try to be short. What did we hear there? A wonderful train several times throughout the day. I love that sound. Reminds me of my grandfather.What else? Geese! And a loan duck. Kids laughing. It was chocolate lovers weekend and they made a slip n slide out of chocolate syrup and cooking oil. What fun! And a pug panting. Can you believe that there were TWO pugs at this campground near us? From 2 different families and that they never saw each other, but that we saw them both? Lots of Godwinks this time. This is 10 week old Dolly. Her owner shared the name of a website where they found her. Tomorrow I’ll list all of the Godwinks. What else? The beautiful birthday celebration of my buddy Miller! He’s 8 years old. The kids were laughing and playing and having fun. So glad we were there. We ended the weekend by watching the grand dog for the evening while J&M enjoyed time with friends. He’s a wonderful dog and so good. Loves to play. What did I hear? Lots of panting. It was hot!
So today is overcast and I welcome that. Good day to work. Still updating my website.
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!