Are You Listening…?

I always thought I was a really good listener.  I love talking to people about their lives – one of my favorite questions to ask when I meet someone new is: “What’s your life story?”  There’s an ice breaker…The long version?  The short version?  Doesn’t matter – whichever you’re comfortable with, I’ll listen.

Turns out, as I have learned over time, there are certain things I have always thought I was great at – and guess what – I’m human, so sometimes I’m not so great a listener after all.

Now I won’t tell YOU my entire life story yet – just know a couple of key things: I grew up a smart kid, a perfectionist… thought as a kid that I could do anything and everything I wanted.  I sang, I played three sports, got straight As, went to Harvard… changed careers a couple of times along the way – from counseling to HR to Technology.  In life – I’m married, and mom to a 5-year-old boy.

Three or so years ago, I went through a reawakening of “my passion” when a soccer injury prevented me from playing my guitar for 6 months or so.  No playing out, no performing.  No fun.  My husband noticed how much I had been missing it and, once I was healthy again, encouraged me – a brave thing to do – to spend more time with my music.

Here’s the thing.  I am pretty good at listening to other people, but less so with listening to my own inner voice.  And here – in that moment – I started listening.  It was this small act that helped me to start writing music – expressing my own inner voice – and to love the process along the way.

Over time, I have found myself listening in a different way – to my son, to my husband, and to the world around me.  And I can’t tell a lie – it’s not that becoming a mom caused an immediate awakening.  For me, it was a slower, more organic and natural process.  And it is so very, very far from over.

This week, as I’ve been thinking about Father’s Day, I want my husband – a fantastic stay at home dad – to know how much I appreciate his noticing and listening to my inner voice.  Without support like that, I might never have listened to it myself.  And it can come from anywhere.  When you really listen to someone –  it’s a true gift you’re giving, even if no one else knows it but you.

Are you listening?

Kim Jennings

www.kimjenningsmusic.com

www.birchbeerrecords.com

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One response to “Are You Listening…?

  1. I’M listening… great job. Great points. Thought provoking — simple and to the point, yet much deeper if you read this more than once. Excellent!!

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