Posts Tagged ‘ listening ’

LEARNING TO LISTEN TO WISER VOICES

Mar 26th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Age is one of those episodes that keeps getting our attention. It interrupts us in the middle of a conversation, when we have forgotten the subject. It leads us into discussions we know nothing about, but pretend we do. It demonstrates that our attention span may be detoured. It illustrates that our capabilities at keeping the conversation going is something of a challenge.

Our once lauded ability to be astute in sustaining an intelligent discourse, is somewhat challenged. We just don’t have the sharpness of tongue nor possess the quickness of thought we once did. The consequences of such frequent reminders to our lessening of verbal skills and a sharp repertoire nudges us to be less verbal, more anxious, slightly less self confident in conversation.



OKAY, SO I DIDN’T LISTEN

Oct 16th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Sharon, my dear non-nagging wife, reported that my disobedience caused a severe sciatica attack. It was foolish of me to think that at 73 I could behave as if I were 43. I confess. I still harbor fantasies that I can do anything I set my mind to. Wrong. Understanding the limitations imposed by aging and physical change is one of the struggles of dealing with growing older. But here I am, on my cane, struggling with a pain that was not necessary, so my dear wife allows.

She is right, you know. As so often she is. Listening to the counsel of others should not invalidate common sense and reckoning with your own stubborness. But, it injures both pride (and back) to admit that I don’t have enough common sense left to listen and avoid difficulties that could just as easily be headed off.