Curiosity takes me to listening
One of the unexpected benefits I am receiving from the Friends of Fish Creek birding course is a renewed appreciation of the value of listening. With the leaves on the trees a month earlier than usual, many of the birds have only been heard, not seen. It has forced me to be in the moment and focus on my sense of hearing instead of the many other thoughts flitting through my brain.
How many times in the past few years have I misunderstood people, or forgotten things, because I wasn’t listening? Far too many to count. My memory is horrible and I was chalking that up to menopause. Perhaps if I listened better, I might actually remember!
One of the reasons I am finding this easier is that birding is new to me and I had no preconceived notions of what to expect (other than there might be a number of seniors there – in fact I am not the youngest by far!)
Have you ever been in a meeting with a person whose opinion you don’t necessarily value? I find myself hearing a filtered version of what they are saying, or tune it out completely. Sorry to all of those people!!
Sometimes I only half listen to people as I am trying to formulate a witty or smart-sounding response (that takes me a while and often never comes). Nature can’t hear your words so I don’t have to worry about what I say, just how I walk, what I touch and what I say to others to communicate my love of the great outdoors. I am going to try to listen better as it will improve communication, and hopefully my memory, in the process.
No filters on these pictures, and I borrowed a 600 mm lens to see if I could get some better pictures. Here are a few more, hope you enjoy!