Throughout my childhood I struggled to really project my voice and be heard. As an adult I have done slightly better with this only to have reached the phase of my life called Parenthood. I am currently in the phase of Parenthood blessed with a special kind of ignoring that only a preschooler can manage to pull off and still seem sweet and innocent. I won't lie, it drives me crazy.
My husband and I have made more of an effort to find times to communicate despite two small kids and working opposite schedules. But there are still days where I am climbing into bed and the only adult conversations I've had were a quick rundown of the girls' day for their dad and my nearly daily chat with my mom. So it is not surprising that when offered an adult conversation I jump at the chance.
Two conversations have really stuck out this week. Neither were typical people I get to have long conversations with very often. It was an extra treat to then get reassurance and agreement from them in a decision I have gone back and forth on in my head for a while. It isn't that their opinion weighs more but rather that they heard my point of view.
I'm grateful for this interaction. I'm grateful to feel heard. I'm grateful for my husband and my best efforts to make time to have conversations beyond who needs fed and when one or the other of us will be home from work. I'm grateful to slow down a little. I'm grateful to do my best to offer my ears and attention to others needing to be heard. I'm grateful for time to hang out with my best friend. And I'm grateful for a good, productive conference today. I'm grateful to see the numbers and read them as a positive sign. And I'm glad the universe is acting accordingly.
What helps you feel heard? What conversations fill your cup? Who have you been meaning to call and catch up with and how can you carve out some time?
May today remind us that being heard is an easy gift to give. May we listen as much as we speak. And may we feel heard on the topics that mean the most to us. Have a beautiful day!