Reflections on my One Little Word: A Slice of Life Post

 

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Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. Today, I thought I’d reflect on how I’m doing with my One Little Word.

I chose LISTEN back in January, and my goal was to listen to understand instead of listening to reply. I feel I’ve improved listening to my kids, and our relationship is stronger than ever.

I’ve also done a lot of listening to what’s going on in the world today. It seems like there’s a lot of anger and hate out there. I went on a field trip for my youngest and spoke with some of the other mothers. We talked about road rage and how you just don’t know what’s going to happen if you accidentally cut someone off. They could pull a gun on you.

A week later, we have a Mass Shooting in Florida. I don’t know if Americans realize this, but we could lose our freedom because of all of this violence. We’re going to have a police state if we don’t somehow turn this hate trend around.

I can just see it. There’ll be metal detectors at every mall and food establishment. Won’t that be fun? Standing in line before you even get in the store. You think grocery shopping’s a pain now, just wait until those metal detectors slow things down.  Of course, there’ll be more jobs in the security field, so we’ve got that going for us.

How do we turn this trend around? That’s a good question. America needs to LISTEN. The whole country needs to LISTEN to understand. The whole country needs to LISTEN with a compassionate ear.

 

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We are all unique individuals. We are all human beings. We need to let go of the fear that drives the hate. We as individuals need to educate ourselves and the fastest way to do this is to LISTEN to people who are different than us.

I’m sending prayers out to the victims of the Orlando shooting. I hope their families and loved ones can heal.

I also hope America is LISTENING. LISTENING TO UNDERSTAND.

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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10 Responses to Reflections on my One Little Word: A Slice of Life Post

  1. Tara Smith says:

    Yes, it would help us as a country to listen to each other, wouldn’t it. But, these days, the hateful voices are the ones being heard.

  2. newtreemom says:

    Listening…another good word to add to others I have been reading today as many writers help us respond to sadness of lives list and hurt in Orlando. I pray we can share hope, help, and love and listen to each other in ways that can break down hatred.

  3. The Hook says:

    Your world is an enlightening place, Lisa.

  4. I think we are really mostly about love and acceptance. It’s just that the minority of haters have such loud voices and can wreck such havoc. I wonder if we listened to their underlying fears what we would discover. Would it make a difference? I hope Americans can bring in some kind of gun control so that even if individuals go off the deep end, the consequences won’t be so horrific.

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