A Gift of Love

img_9337Could I run out of words? Writers need trunks of words to rummage through. Artists need their paints or threads, clay or scrap metal. Musicians need their notes. Actors need their roles, teachers need their students and nurses need their patients. Drivers need miles; kids need dreams.

Panic visits when I think of running out of words. That might signal a head empty of thoughts, a heart with a deficit of feelings. I am not picky. Elevated thoughts or lowdown feelings equally welcome. With words I handle them all.

So, do artists and musicians, actors, teachers, nurses, drivers and kids open their doors to panic sometimes? I bet so, for a variety of reasons related to fear of loss of those thoughts and feelings that motivate creativity, productivity, responsibility and purpose – all reasons for being.

As a child, I was ‘listened’ to. My thoughts and feelings via my words mattered, as other children had their thoughts and feelings ‘heard’ via art, song, work, play and dreams.

Today’s kids still need to be heard, to be guided as they search for their places in a world growing ever more distracted and deaf to their voices. How will they know they matter?

It takes time, time on purpose, to listen.

I agree with Dave Isay, the creator of StoryCorps, when he said, “Listening is generosity. Listening to someone else closely is one of the most valuable gifts we can give to another human being.”

I fall short but I am working on it. Thank you for listening to me.

(Written for my Close to Home column in The Prospect-News in Doniphan, MO.)

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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