A dear friend asked me, recently, if I think that I am a good listener. The answer is that I have great listening skills, but that I can’t use them, sometimes, because the noise inside my head is too loud to make listening possible. At the time she posed the question, I was being a terrible listener. I had just come from the BlogHer 2014 conference, which was literally quite loud, with a few thousand people in attendance, and there was so much noise in my head about the expense of the hotel, the food, about everything I had seen and heard, about the people who had been there, and the people who had missed it. I was exhausted. But I wonder–would I be able to put aside exhaustion and listen, if the anxiety didn’t turn up the volume so darn loud?
[BlogHer recap post and other thoughts coming soon. I can’t even listen to myself after yesterday’s solo flight home with all that adorable, well-behaved, snuggly, but eventually also heavy, toddler on my lap.]