Active, conscious, wholehearted listening isn't easy. It demands patience, compassion, sustained concentration, and a willingness to set aside ego, but committing to this level of listening opens the floodgates for powerful communication.
If I can leave you with a challenge, it would be to stop. And think. Think "Am I paying attention to things that really matter?" Doesn't have to be always. But, every once in a while, are you stopping to smell the proverbial roses and do, support, or create things that really matter?
It may seem obvious but saying that it is important to pay attention and actually paying attention are two very different things. We need everyone, including our leaders, to stop the autopilot mode and to begin to train the mind's capabilities to pay attention.
Whether we know it or not, when we fail to lean into the moment and embrace the lesson that is being offered we are sending a signal to the universe that essentially says, "Hey... I want more of the same."
Let yourself go the next time you stumble across the improbable or the unforeseen. Be wildly silly and curious about everything that you see, paying attention to all that is quirky because you never know what meaning lies behind.
Time is a sneaky thief, hell-bent on racing toward our mortality. The only way that we can outsmart it is by savoring every precious moment by being fully conscious, focused and conscientious every second.