• Brett

It’s Time to Start Eavesdropping…kinda!

So school is starting, some are already back at it. Looks like it will be in person for most, if not all. I think that is good but I know there are a few risks. Teachers, parents and students will all have to deal with another new normal (I am tired of that phrase aren’t you?)

Everyone is hoping it will be as much like the old normal as possible. We have had enough disruption even if you don’t have kids or don’t have kids at home anymore you felt it.

I am sending one away to school later this month. She will go to another city and live there for 10 months. This is her third year so it is more familiar than the first time. But still, she is living in another city while she goes to school, that adds another layer to the season for us.

Back to school is a unique time on the family calendar and a unique time for everyone else too. It seems people who haven’t attended school in years still want to reminisce about what it was like when they went to school or how someone in their family is starting a new grade or school.

Last week I heard from an older lady what it was like to go to grade school in 1960’s here in Phoenix! That is blast from the past. Of course I am concerned because I went to school in the '80s in Phoenix and I think I used the same desk she did!

You have probably had some memories or thoughts about your own school experiences and if you have kids in the house you have definitely had some conversations.

Back to school is a time where people are more open to talking than usual.

Since that is the case, I am proposing you start eavesdropping! No I don’t mean to be a sketchy stalker sneaking around and trying to hear what you aren’t supposed to hear.

But, if you notice someone is willing to talk a little more, encourage them. Ask a couple of questions and listen to their answers.

One of the ways you can bless your neighbors, co-workers or even classmates is to listen to them. You will be shocked how much you learn about them!

I want to be known for how well I love people. I want to love my neighbor as myself. If something as simple as listening can help make that happen, sign me up.

Here are a couple of simple questions to create a conversation where you can listen well.