National Public Radio is calling the Friday after Thanksgiving the “National Day of Listening”. During this holiday season, NPR is encouraging people to ask someone in their lives; a grandparent, a friend, a neighbor, to tell their story. “By listening to their stories, you’re telling them that they matter and won’t ever be forgotten,” reads a statement on NPR’s website.
We might all benefit from a little “recreational listening” as the holidays draw near. Our conversations at work are dominated by the latest news about our business. Talk at home might not be any less stressful as we squeeze quick chats in between shopping trips, decorating, preparing for family gatherings, all added to the hustle of our regular lives.
Everyone has a story, so try to make some time for someone. Sit down with your child. Call your Mom, your Dad or that crazy uncle. Reach out to a co-worker during a break or look up one of those retirees you promised to stay in touch with but never seem to have the time for.
And then listen. You might be amazed at what you learn.