I had to go to the Department of Health and get another copy of my mother’s death certificate. It is a bit of a drive away and because it was raining heavily I decided to stay until the clerk could print off a copy and not wait for the mail service. The office and reception area were nearly empty and there was a break before another group of clients would arrive and the lines would form, people would be noisy and wanting something.
The kind clerk asked me what I did for my work and I decided to describe my new business. “I am a professional listener.” She smiled at me and said how do you do that? I said my work space is on line and connected to a blog page called Wise Ears. People send me an email and we chat or talk on the phone and I teach them how to communicate with themselves. “Oh, like Dear Abby or Ann Landers, she queried?”
No, I do not give advice I said, I used to do itinerate counseling before my mother fractured her back and I helped families to stay together and get needed services. I worked with a great many teenagers in helping them learn to communicate with their parents. Lots of young couples need assistance in problem-solving and conflict resolution and I can teach skills and offer practice. In my eight years of being out of the workforce, I have lost my license with the state, even though I took all the update courses and credits, the state no longer defines my degrees in the counseling category. I still think there is a need for people to be listened to and heard – a big need. Why we even need people to listen to us read and practice our speeches; maybe most importantly of all we need someone to help us hear what we are saying to ourselves.
With that the new certificate arrived and as I paid and prepared to race through the rain to the car, the kind clerk got a twinkle in her eye and said, “Well, Oprah just opened up a huge opportunity!”
I laughed and headed back to the parking lot, dodging hail and keeping my glasses dry. Her remark passed on her twinkle to me for the rest of the day and I had to write that little idea to several people in comments and emails to get their reaction. What a great “tease” was the common reply!
The conversation truly assisted me in hearing myself and clarifying my new endeavor. At Patricia’s Wisdom I am busy teaching and modeling the skills of how to communicate with one’s self at the deepest levels. At Wise Ears I will be teaching others via email, chat, and telephone how to reach that more meaningful state of integration of learning and the authentic self. The class room will be open soon. The email is up and working now if you would like to contact me try email@example.com and we will arrange a date.
That makes three times my ideas have been linked to Oprah! I do not think I would enjoy the distance of being a celebrity and I prefer to work one on one (or a couple or family) Do you ever need to have a great conversation? Do you integrate ideas by talking or writing about them? Have you ever had anyone hear what you said?
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