Sometimes it’s hard for me to be a good listener, I can talk your head off if you let me. But I’ve had a few really great experiences in my life that have taught me how incredibly important it is to listen and I really feel some of the best and most successful people are the ones that have learned to listen. Not just with their ears, but with their hearts too. Ken Garff recently launched #ProjectListen to inspire people and instill the importance of listening. I was inspired by a story of a snowboarder named Hunter Wilson, a snowboarder here in my home state of Utah. He shares how listening is a big part of snowboarding. You have to listen to your coaches, and listen to your board as it glides across the snow. You can watch his story by clicking here—>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyDzBuB2P6I While I was watching Hunter’s story, it made me think of the times in my life that I’ve really had to focus and listen. Some of the best experiences I’ve had in my life have come from listening to my mother’s intuition and the still small voice within. When I was about 32 weeks pregnant with my daughter, Gracie, I noticed that I hadn’t felt her move for a few hours. At first, I told myself it was just me being crazy, since I’m naturally an overly nervous and anxious person. But, as I took the time to be still, I kept hearing a voice that prompted me to get to the hospital, my sister Cassie also told me to get my butt over there, and it’s so good I listened! When I arrived at the hospital, they hooked me up to all the monitors and even though the nurses were trying to comfort me, I knew something wasn’t right. Eventually, after about an hour of monitoring and an ultrasound. I was rushed into the operating room for an emergency C-section. My husband had been working out of town that day, and made it just in time to see my little Gracie Kay being born. She didn’t cry, and they whisked her away so fast, I didn’t even get to look at her. It was a scary experience, and I learned later that I had an infection in my amniotic fluid that was making her sick. The doctors said if I hadn’t come in when I did she would have died within a day or two. Gracie is now 5 1/2 and full of energy, she is a perfectly healthy and happy little girl, and I don’t know what I would do without here. I’m so grateful for a mother’s intuition and that I listened that hot July day. How does listening help you be more successful in your life? Jessica 🙂
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