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Listening Can Make Your Head Hurt

Listening is one of the hardest things we do. I find it easiest to listen when I have no emotional attachment to what the other person is saying. I suppose most of us are that way.

Listening can make your head hurt, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Jack-o-lantern eating baby jack-o-lantern

Listening to words that provoke anxiety can make us feel like pressure is building around our heads.

As soon as the other person’s statements or voice pitch summons anxiety in me, then it is very difficult to listen. Continue reading

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Can I Hear You?

I’ve had to do a lot of listening in the past month, and it hasn’t always been easy. In this case, I use the word listening to mean those situations where the other person is engaged in a long monologue, and I’m the lone listener.

small Joshua tree in the desert against a crisp blue sky

A resolute Joshua Tree perseveres in the desert of Joshua Tree National Park

Sometimes, it’s not a conversation because the person is retelling something from the past. Or sharing something from the present that is painful. Or simply talking out of a desire to connect with another, with me. Continue reading

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Three on My Bucket List – Up, Up and Away!

Do you have a bucket list? Today I cross three of them off my list. It is fitting that my first blog post should be about another new experience. As a belated birthday present to myself, later today I will take my first hot

Up, Up and Away LifeisHOTBlog, 3 hot air balloons aloftair balloon ride. We’re leaving from a central New Jersey location about an hour from my home. We’ll go where the wind takes us.  I hope we soar high and sail over interesting terrain. I hope I  remember to take a few photos. Continue reading

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