The Gypsy Mama. Each week we are given a one word writing prompt. We write for five minutes flat on that word. Our word for today is STORY.
Everyone has a story. But do we take the time to really listen?
I attended a meeting at our school last year about bullying. The guest speaker represented a group that raises awareness of bullying, including cyber bullying. He played a short video that had been posted by a teenage boy. In this video, the boy didn't speak but simply held up cards sharing his sad story about others tormenting him with words and spreading lies about him on the internet. He was shunned by others. He felt so alone. I remember reading his words on each card and thinking why wasn't anyone listening?
Everyone is so busy. I've had people look at me and speak only to realize that they are talking to someone else on their cell phone. Multitasking is something we brag about. How much can you accomplish at once?
But ...will you take the time to really sit and listen to their stories? What if the younger generation felt comfortable opening up? What if they knew we were truly interested in their lives, how they feel?
Blessings and love,