Do you ever just listen?

Do you ever just listen? I have three boys and sometimes when I am in the house I just stop and listen. Today I was in the kitchen and I stopped to listen. I had just allowed my oldest to look up a Youtube video of 911.

As I stood around the corner  and listened to the words of the song ‘Where were you when the world stopped turning” I was given a glimpse of something. My boys, ages 9, 11 & 13, listened to the words and tried to process the horrific event they cannot remember.

Listening, not participating, gave me the chance to see through their eyes. To hear their thoughts. To observe the world from their point of view.

Do you stop and listen? Yes, this works in the barn too.


  1. Janet on October 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Stopping and listening is the greatest gift God gave us for it allows a person to catch a breath of life and find that stillness inside. It’s kind of like standing in a barn all alone at feeding time listening to the sound of slurping and chewing, knowing that what you have accompished for the day is appresiated. (sorry for the spelling.)

  2. stonepony1s on October 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I love to stop and just listen. I can learn so much when I do this. Some times when I am looking for my horses in the pasture I stop and listen to see where they are. I can hear a sigh or a snort or a stomp. I am sure horses do this too.

  3. Nikki on October 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I ll try….. but it doesnt work all the time!!!!

    years ago I got this tshirt with the bucking horse, stating

    I whipser but my horse doesnt listen!

    I got myself the same bumper sticker and cut it to read

    my horse whispers, but I dont listen

    and put that up on my horse box….

    Its actually true, cause if we would listen better, then we would be able to have a better communication with who ever we deal with.

    Thanks again Stacy and I hope that our kids will be able to live a fear free life!

  4. Lisa Schafer on October 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Nice insight, Stacy. You’re right. Too often we want to take part, rather than observe. Observing holds some invaluable gold nuggets of understanding.


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