Bwanji from Zambia! This is a short one from me – excuse my brevity, I just landed earlier today!
While traveling, I came across an interview Dan Rather did with Mother Teresa. The Mother Teresa most of us know was a Roman Catholic missionary who lived most of her life in India, running hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and other worth causes. She won the Nobel Peace Prize, and admired by millions for her charitable works (though she did encounter some criticism).
In the interview, Dan Rather asked Mother Teresa what she says to God when she prays. She responded – “I listen.” Dan Rather then asked “Well, what does God say?” And she responded “He listens.”
I’m not a particularly religious person, but I felt humbled by this. In today’s world where we are constantly encouraged to speak up, to weigh in, and to let our opinions out, I found it nice to hear something encouraging listening. To encourage not being the person who wanted their thoughts out there, but who wanted to hear from others. As the saying goes – we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. We can all be better, more engaged citizens, if we simply listen more – to our families, to our students, to our peers. Even to the person who disagrees with our opinions.