So I tweeted it, I Facebooked it, and I told my wife about it. I have been listening to a podcast for the first time ever. That isn’t the spectacular thing, though. So, to understand what is spectacular let me start by saying “I hate listening to other people talk”. Let me explain. More often than not I read the direction of a conversation accurately. I can usually anticipate what is being said, or how, based on body language, tone, inflection, and a general understanding of the person. I recognize motivation and the line of thought. I’ve always been this way, so most of the time conversations drag. I like to have a conversation and I like to listen to people, but almost never if I am not involved in the talking.
I realize that sounds terribly arrogant and for the most part, it is. However, most people really only want to say what they want to say, rarely do we want to listen. I’ve heard the adage “God gave you two ears so you could listen twice as much” so many times it is stuck in my mind forever. As I’ve gotten older I realize that my quickness to jump to the end of a conversation (because of what I said above) is rude. I don’t mean to be rude, I am just all about efficiency. If I think I know where something is going I am going to get there and be on my way.
So that brings me back to this podcast. If you realize that I cannot, for the life of me, stand still long enough to really hear out another conversation, how in the world could I ever manage to listen to other people talk without being directly involved? Well, I don’t know. However, it happened. The podcast is called AuthorStrong it is hosted by Mat Morris and Nancy Elliot, both are full-time authors and they talk about writing. As you might know, I am a writer. There is just something about this podcast that draws me in. There is writing advice, but it is not preachy. I think it is just the realness of the hosts that I enjoy. When I listen to Matt and Nancy and their struggles I find I connect with them. So I wanted to take a moment to share the spectacularness of me listening to a podcast but furthermore enjoying it. Until next time folks.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Author,