Hi Everyone, I’m Nick, based in the UK, and thanks to Rose I’ve got the opportunity to write this guest post for you. If anyone’s into spirituality, do check out our site: ThePrayerPlace.net and discover your spiritual side. Every one of us is special, whoever we are, wherever we are, and we’re all here for a purpose. Yet many of us struggle through life, not realizing that we have a Creator, who loves and cares for us and is listening for our voice.
“Will my baby be ginger?” is just one of the many common questions expectant mothers ask Google, according to Search Laboratory; others include, “What if my baby is born ugly?” and “Will my baby be a boy or a girl?”
Of course there are millions of questions to be found online. Maybe you’ve seen those lists of questions designed to help us make new friends and get them talking? Here are just ten examples gathered from the net:
- What was the happiest moment of your life so far?
- How would you describe yourself in five words or less?
- What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
- Would you rather win the lottery or find your perfect job?
- What question would you most like to know the answer to?
- What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
- What aspects of your character would you like to change?
- Where do you find meaning in your life?
- Do you believe in second chances?
- Do you prepare more for your summer vacation than you do for eternity?
Asking questions is a great thing to do, but is much more powerful if you listen to the answer. I was working at a spirituality exhibition one day. Our booth was busy; visitors came and went. One man in particular, who had just spent time with one of my colleagues, returned to our booth to give me his opinion. “You see all these other booths,” he said as he gestured with a broad sweep of his arm. “All they want to do is tell you what they believe, but your booth is different,” he continued. “Here you listen!”
Listening is valuable. Being listened to gives people a sense of self-worth. I can put it in no better words than those of StoryCorps founder Dave Isay:
“You can find the most amazing stories from regular people. All you have to do is ask them about their lives and listen. … We can learn so much about the people all around us, even about the people we already know, just by taking the time to have a conversation, and if you pay just a little attention, you’ll find wisdom and poetry in their words. … Most people love to be listened to, because it tells them how much their lives matter. All you need to ask are questions like, “Who is the most important person in your life or what are you proudest of?” … When you’re curious treat people with respect, and have just a little courage to ask the important questions. Great things are going to happen.”
Ask and listen – show love to others by taking an interest in them. Who knows, someone may do that for you one day!
Rose’s note: I think this is such a beautiful and important message. We all need to take time to think about what it truly means to listen and work on that. Thank you Nick for your truly wise words, I’m honored to post them to my page and thank you for giving me some extra study time this week. I think it’s so important to be in touch with your spirit so please check him out! If you want to write a post for me, check out i want YOU to write for me 🙂