Owl is wise. She listens, free from interruption and judgement. She is interested in what Robin thinks and where he might go next with his thoughts. Owl knows that listening is one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another.
Owl gives her attention and offers a palpable respect for Robin. She is at ease herself, free from the internal rush of her mind and virtual urgency the world demands. Owl encourages Robin to keep sharing his thoughts and feelings, until he asks for her input.
Robin thinks out loud and shares his thoughts. ‘I am confused. The world today seems quieter. Fewer cars on the road. Fewer people in the streets. The air seems cleaner. The water clearer. The sky brighter. What is happening?’ Owl encourages him to continue.
‘I notice that people are giving each other more space. Taking more time. They are being kind to one another; helping their neighbours.’ Owl encourages Robin to say more.
‘And yet I see sadness in their eyes. Concern on their faces. I see pain and suffering. I see tiredness and grief.
And then I see light. I see more patience. I see compassion. I see celebration in people clapping and shouting ‘thank you’. What do you think is happening Owl?’
Having listened deeply, with care and encouragement, Owl shares her thoughts.
‘I think the World has been asked to pause, Robin. It was going too fast. Consuming too much. People mis-treating people. Greed rivalled compassion. Time evaporated on things that mattered less.’ Robin encouraged Owl to say more.
‘And now slowly things are changing. Creativity emerges effortlessly. Innovation generates solutions unlike we have seen before. People are focussing on what really matters; caring for each other and our environment.’
Robin is inspired by listening to Owl. They move into a dialogue. They continue to listen to one another with palpable respect for the others thoughts and feelings. They know that each one will have their turn to share their thoughts and feelings and refrain from interruption. They have no distractions. This is a deeply meaningful exchange. One that they both learn from. One that they generate hope from.
Their dialogue answers the question ‘What changes, from what you have witnessed from the treetops, do you hope will be sustained by humanity?’
Together, they hope for continued support and encouragement for others who have suffered in this time. A freedom from unstructured competition. A mindset shift towards ‘other-esteem’ and ‘our-discipline’ in a coming together of what unites humanity rather than what divides it.
A more intentional approach in the usage of goods and services, away from greed. An appreciation of technology and humanity in harmony enabling greater connection, innovation and sustainability.
An appreciation for our environment and an attention to preserving what we have, resisting the urge for unnecessary pollution.
A recognition there is no replacement for face to face human interaction. Human beings are beings with feelings who have the capacity to think well for themselves with courage, rigour and imagination. The generative attention, love, and energy that emerges from two people being together is unique. It is a catalyst for growth.
Together Owl and Robin celebrate what is right with the world. Knowing they are not alone. Knowing that they are perfect in their imperfections. Knowing the light will shine brightly once more revealing their path of freedom, love, and growth.
Robin feels valued. Cared for. That what he says is worthwhile. He feels encouraged. He feels liberated and loved. All in the presence of Owl’s undivided attention, ease, encouragement, and appreciation.
Listening is one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another.
I wonder, what positive changes do you hope will be sustained as we re-emerge from this life pause?
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