Listening is a beautiful gift we CHOOSE to embrace — a way to get to know ourselves. It is the ability to inquire how you are feeling, doing, reacting in your life, and figuring out what would make you happy.  Listening reduces stress, helps you heal yourself, and provides opportunities to create what you want in life.  


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How do I want others to remember me when I die? I want them to know that I loved them and thought they were important. I want to let my family and friends know how great they are and how much I appreciated them. I am grateful that they were part of my journey in life. I’ve learned a lot from them; they offered me comfort and buffered me from my aloneness.


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My life lesson – reviewing the last year didn’t uncover anything that was overtly exciting or different from what most people experience. Rather I got to evaluate whether I was pleased with my choices or whether I want to add something different in my life. Then I can walk through the door to the next year.


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I’m coasting along my path in life, minding my own business (well not exactly) when a significant change comes into my world. Have you had this experience? One day you have one reality and the next day it changes.


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I have a strong work ethic, so I never worry about not working. It’s my ‘fun’ ethic that I’m concerned about these days. Fun is anything that allows me to feel good. I can have fun at work and do enjoy what I do. Though the work routine calls for a break…that’s where playing hooky is perfect.


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I realized that light conversations are just as important as more intense dialogues with family and friends. I decided to be present with each person exactly as we were with no additional expectations. At this time in my life, I’m honoring that what happens is just perfect. I’ve decided I didn’t want to leave a holiday season dissatisfied because of unrealistic expectations. Instead, I chose to cherish every moment with the important people in my life.


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When we think of topics for a women’s group, it usually around a serious topic; such as finance, parenting, or self-improvement. We rarely get light-hearted and talk about everything & nothing with the theme of being together to listen, nurture each other and have fun. It seems to me that this could be an excellent focus for one time together. Ways we celebrate friendships could also be a topic.


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