A Diversity of Palms and People — The Gift of Daughters

Looking up at the palms in front of Mom's

Good Morning, God!

Thank You for all the different kinds of palms — and all the different kinds of people! There are a LOT of good people in the world, God! Please help us take off the blinders that keep us from really seeing each other. Help us to see others and to see ourselves as others see us. Or maybe it isn’t so much seeing as HEARING?

In hearing others the Content takes a back seat to our FEELINGS! Just yesterday I could hear Suz getting heated on the phone at something I had said. I felt attacked and told her that is how I felt. She managed to explain that she wasn’t “attacking” — rather she was feeling “panicked” and worried about what I meant. Hmmm. I realized I was feeling panicky too. Hearing the emotion filling her voice I had felt that it was aimed at me and, yes, I panicked! Once we took a minute or two to reassure each other we sorted it out fairly easily.

It is a problem, God. I OVER RESPOND to my daughter’s Tone of Voice! But, at the same time, I am mostly DEAF to My Tone of Voice! If I could HEAR how I SOUND I would be able to apologize or at least explain and excuse myself. I don’t think I am alone in having this problem, God.

Do You think, God, that we could create “classes” that would help us learn to HEAR ourselves? I suppose that a simple recorder would do it. Ah, but, maybe it isn’t just our ears — maybe our HEARTS needs the help first!

Thank You, God, for the GIFT of my daughters!

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