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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 patricia@wiseears.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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24 Responses to “The Next Oprah”

  1. Chris Edgar Says:

    Personally I think Oprah ended her show because she was aspiring to be the next Patricia. :) Looking forward to experiencing your next offering.

    Patricia Reply:

    I think you are spot on! Thank you – you encouraged me to keep at it :)

  2. Talon Says:

    Patricia! I’m so glad it’s up and running! What a unique and wonderful service you are offering. To have someone really hear what you say, is a beautiful gift.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your good words..I am working with Davina on the landing page and Kim Woodbridge on the other technical details, we are not quite a working system yet, but I have my first 3 clients and that feels quite wonderful.

    Everyone needs to be heard

  3. Dot Says:

    Best wishes for the new venture! Sounds like a great idea and very suited to you.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thanks Dot…It is something I do well – now to see if I can stop job hunting and earn a living doing something I do well?

  4. Sam Juliano Says:

    It’s a wonderful endeavor for sure Patricia, but I am deeply saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. My condolences to you.

    Patricia Reply:

    Sam Juliano,
    Thank you for your kind words for my mum. She was an elegant and amazing woman, taught first grade for 40 years!, and very sharp right up until her last days. At 93 she fractured her spine and with surgery was able to get pain relief but could not do many other things – she “let go” of this zone and moved on just before her 94th birthday – her only regret was that she was not able to vote for a woman for President of the USA

    I hope this new blog site gets going it will allow me to use my gifts to make a living wage and serve the world wisely

  5. Deborah Says:

    I like Chris’s comment on this – yes, perhaps Oprah really was aspiring to step into your shoes! I am a great believer in the art of listening and talking – staff management and training always fell to me and indeed is falling to me again as I am asked back after a break.
    Yes, everyone needs to be heard!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you Deborah,
    I think Mother Theresa said it well: That there is enough bread in the world but not enough love and appreciation.

    when we are heard – truly heard the consequences are appreciation to self love

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  7. J.D. Meier Says:

    > I can teach skills and offer practice
    What a gift for the world.

    Experience is the best teacher, and it’s great you share yours.
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  8. Patricia Says:

    Those words coming from you mean a great deal to me…still working at getting the blog all in ship shape but the clients are arriving at my inbox – This is good too

  9. Patricia Says:

    Wow Sam Juliano’s post about the Tree of Life movie is most amazing – you will not believe all the great references and sharing going on

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  10. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Best wishes for your new and exciting endeavor, Patricia. It’s perfect for you.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Oh Vered Thank you so much – I think it is truly something I do well and is a valuable service I can offer to other folks..

    I am having technical glitch morning so am not where I thought I would be…but progressing non the less!

  11. Brownpaperbaggirl Says:

    Sending you best wishes! There certainly is a need for listening, now more then ever.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your comment and kind words.

    Yes! I think so, I was just reading another blog post and in a comment the person said that she was looking for some support and encouragement and two honest friends really did not come through for her – rather let her go….that is one place I can not only support but offer tangible practices to get results.

  12. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I’d say you’ll have lots of interested people – listening is something we all need to learn to do .. good luck with the new project.

    I’m one of those that works things out for themselves ..I probably could have done with you many years ago – to send me on a better path .. but if that had happened – I wouldn’t be here now.

    Wise ears .. great name for a website – I’m going to pop over now for a brief visit .. cheers Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    I am starting to get clients Hilary even though I am still working on my landing page and newsletter – Davina is editing right now so hopefully very soon.

    I think this is a much needed service and because it is not someone in the community it can be a bit more private and not so expensive – folks will not need to tough it out alone.

    When the children were very little I would have so appreciated someone to listen to me (adult) about once a month – it would have been so great and let off some steam and worry – it was good when they were all in school because then Mother’s would visit a bit in the parking lot at pick up time, but those very young years were something else! Even with a great playgroup…

  13. Jenny Ann Fraser Says:

    Well, I think you just might be “another” Oprah in that you are a gift, have great wisdom, and much to teach.
    There is so much need in the world for those who are determined to give something positive… there is infinite room for more Oprahs. Big and small!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Hello Jenny Ann,
    Wow! was that a lovely reply you made and your author made on your blog post about the recent book your reviewed – many thanks

    Today I wish I had Oprah’s money for tech support. I keep hoping to get launched and then another problem – oh well the joy of learning new things….then again I just made my first $10 on this venture and the world is applauding the attempts – so I am encouraged that this is just the right venture for this moment in time.
    Best wishes to you dear gal….and many thanks

  14. Davina Haisell Says:

    I’m very excited for you, Patricia. As I noted during our emails, you certainly know the value in good honest communication. Sometimes all we want is to be heard, you know?

    And as you’ve said here, “The conversation truly assisted me in hearing myself and clarifying my new endeavor,” That alone can be enough to move us on our way.


    Thanks for the opportunity to help you with your landing page. I truly enjoyed working on this with you.
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    patricia Reply:

    Your work is fabulous… I will give you credit on Wise Ears too, I am just working on those pages getting ready for IT Girl and Kim’s newsletter work tomorrow..

    I think Grand Opening Day will be July 1 because I have this Danish Family arriving for three days and all this running around..then back to go home from here…mostly they will be camping in Canada…with our camping gear.With getting this virus, I have had to slow down and go at a more measured pace and learn so many new things

    Thank you for coming by to read this and make a comment…
    I hope this new venture will be just right for me…