Active listening is the skill set of a mature spirit. How many times have I been guilty of interrupting someone, convinced that what I have to say is more important? Cultural influences play a role in the development of listening skills certainly, but what responsibility do I have in developing greater listening skill? Technology is creating an environment that seems to approve of poor listening. We can now shout out our opinions anonymously to a global audience and choose not to listen to arguments against that opinion with one keystroke. What am I missing when I refuse to listen?


The Lightening Rod

Catches the Lightening.


Be careful what you write,

Someone might read it.


Be careful what you say,

Someone might hear it.


Be careful where you go,

Someone might see you.


Be careful what you think,

It could lead to action

Bringing down the lightening.


Listen first, then

Take a chance,

Be the Lightening Rod!

© 2015 Bessie Adams Senette

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Bessie Senette

Bessie Senette is nine and a half months pregnant waiting on the birth of Cutting the Clouds: a Bayou Mystic’s Poems, Musings, and Imaginings – an autobiographical collection of poems and essays about the life and culture of her bayou upbringing and the spirituality that informs her traditional healing gifts. 
A high-spirited, creative, solemn, and above all joyous woman, she celebrates her birthday for the entire month of August, otherwise known as the Besstival. Anyone born in August is welcomed as a Besstivite. The High Feast day of the Besstival (Bessie’s actual birthday) is known as the Besstiva. 

When her Muse is not in the mood to muse, she cooks. Bessie’s home is an oasis of hospitality, and yet her husband, Tom, calls it a fortress of solitude. Somehow it works. She works as a supplemental grandmother and primary Mimsie to Eden and Noah, five grand pups and one cat. 
As an ordained minister, she officiates an ecumenical liturgy for a small congregation of like-minded and just “slightly” wacky folk who are lovingly referred to as the Bessbyterians. 
Bessie is a polydactyl poet, born with six toes on her left foot. Some of her friends think she should have a reality TV show but she insists that it would have to be an UnReality show. All are certain the ratings would be astronomical.

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