You could say therapists are professional listeners but even we need to be reminded to shut up and listen. Some clever person had this idea to create National Day of Listening. Today is the first one ever.

Grandma's hands

photo courtesy of McBeth

Studs Terkel practically invented oral histories. He listened to common folk, survivors of the Great Depression, tell their stories. He revealed the truth, that everyday people are the true heroes of history, as much as generals or presidents.

Whether we record our conversations or not, I like the idea of listening to the adventures our elders experienced with no purpose other than to appreciate and respect them. And it sure beats wrestling with the crowds at the mall.