We spend so much time talking
that sometimes it seems that we don’t hear
the simplest sounds filled with meaning.
The sounds of cars on pavement
may not be the sounds of sleigh bells ringing
but they are the sounds of people moving.
Coming and going, spending time to reach a destination.
Do you listen for the people who could be coming to you?
The sounds of wrapping paper tearing
might not be the sounds of hearts opening
and exchanging joy, love, trust, and giving,
but inside the minds of those who tear away the ribbons
hearts are beating, memories are being forged and formed.
Children are laughing, posing, playing and participating in the ways that only children do.
Do you listen for the good thoughts and feelings that people
say with their eyes, their hands, their time in bringing themselves to you?
Listening for meaning is an act of being present.
How lovely to just be present, listening to what it means to be with you.
May all your presents be meaningful, deep, and true.
Thank you for the meaning you’ve given to what I do.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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