Photos by Nancy Bauer, OSB
Author: Stefanie Weisgram, OSB
Sometimes when we are in a new situation we receive insights we never had before. These insights might surprise us. Perhaps what we learn is something we have heard before but never practiced. Or perhaps we simply thought it didn’t apply to our situation. Suddenly now the idea hits us and we understand! We often hear that when we are with another person who needs to talk about something personal, we ought to listen from the heart. When we do that, something happens. We forget about ourselves and see this person in a new light. When we are in a new situation this might strike us in a new way, perhaps even teaching us something about ourselves. Listening from the heart, for example, might show us how often we don’t bother to truly listen much at all. If that happens, we have the opportunity to know ourselves better and we have an opportunity to change.