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Listen to Yourself

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables, Wisdom Leading

Many of the most celebrated movies use a special technique to tell their stories. Amadeus, The Color Purple and American Beauty, to name a few, all use narration. †If done well, this narration provides the audience with a sense of deepened insight about the characters and the story.† † Have you ever wondered what it would be like to narrate just one day of your own life? Think of the types of comments you'd make about the situations and people you encountered. †Think also about the clarity and wisdom you could access using the detachment and objectivity of †a narrator. Now, try to imagine what it would be like to listen to that narration.††

Q: What might you learn about yourself if you listened to your own narration? 

Many of the most celebrated movies use a special technique to tell their stories. Amadeus, The Color Purple and American Beauty, to name a few, all use narration.  If done well, this narration provides the audience with a sense of deepened insight about the characters and the story. 
 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to narrate just one day of your own life? Think of the types of comments you'd make about the situations and people you encountered.  Think also about the clarity and wisdom you could access using the detachment and objectivity of  a narrator. Now, try to imagine what it would be like to listen to that narration.  

10.31.11 1
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Hearing Loss

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables, Wisdom Leading

At 56, I'm plunked squarely in middle age. †Brain's not sure, body's positive. I can't hear like I once did. †The years of travel and living have taken their toll. †At the same time, I've noticed that the shrillest noises are tuned out. †I tend to get less triggered by others' comments, emotional displays or inflammatory words. †I'm able to ignore some of the same "noise" that had me, at earlier ages, operate reactively - at less than my full wisdom. I'm convinced that it doesn't take years, gray hairs and diminished hearing to unlock one's wisdom. Rather, tuning out the shrill noises of fear, anxiety and emotion requires only that the signal of one's inner voice be tuned up, loud and clear.

Q: How much easier would your choices be if you listened to the clarity of your inner wisdom?

At 56, I'm plunked squarely in middle age.  Brain's not sure, body's positive.

I can't hear like I once did.  The years of travel and living have taken their toll.  At the same time, I've noticed that the shrillest noises are tuned out.  I tend to get less triggered by others' comments, emotional displays or inflammatory words.  I'm able to ignore some of the same "noise" that had me, at earlier ages, operate reactively - at less than my full wisdom.

I'm convinced that it doesn't take years, gray hairs and diminished hearing to unlock one's wisdom. Rather, tuning out the shrill noises of fear, anxiety and emotion requires only that the signal of one's inner voice be tuned up, loud and clear.

 

10.17.11 1
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