So many times I set lofty, long-term goals for myself and then I’m frustrated when I’m not successful in what I sought to accomplish. I wonder what would happen if I just tried to change one thing for one day. What could happen in just one day?
What if just for today, I was an active listener in every conversation? Even the ones that are all about Disney Princesses and Legos and Webkinz?
What if just for today, I listened to the person on the other end of the phone instead of multitasking while we talked? Would my friend benefit from my undivided attention today?
What if just for today, I tried to completely understand what every speaker was saying in the moment instead of thinking of what I’m going to say next in response?
What if just for today, I spent more time using my ears than my mouth?
What if just for today, I stopped what I was doing when people talked to me and looked straight into their eyes, even if it mean bending down to get on their level?
What if just for today, I was an active participant in every conversation without being the one doing the most talking?
What if just for today, I blessed another with my silence rather than my unsolicited advice?
What if just for today, I demonstrated to the people in my life that they are important to me and deserving of my total attention?
What if just for today, instead of telling God what I think, what I want, and what I wonder, I spent an extra few minutes in silence? What would I hear in the quiet?
I wonder what would happen….
Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few….Ecclesiastes 5:12