Our blog will consist of stories and ideas that highlight the heart behind Give Ear. As we journey through this, we hope to communicate that we are in the arena of connection with you.
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I Need Sean T, my Workout Video Instructor, and I Need you
Some thoughts on the value of listening to perspectives other than our own. They may have the power to refine us and help us grow. Even if it's a little painful sometimes.
HORIZONTAL (August 19, 2017)
Horizontal: the only way to do math,talk about race relations, or solve anything
Some thoughts about how we can move forward after what happened in Charlottesville. We think it may actually require some steps backward first, maybe all the way to the beginning. We hope these ideas make us look deeper at ourselves, how we think and how we solve problems. We hope ultimately we care enough to take the next step forward. Then, we may know how to love our neighbors better. We would love to hear from you if you have additional ideas.
Neighbor (August 14, 2017)
A response to the riots on August 12th, 2017
In the midst of violence and terror that happened in Charlottesville, we wrote "Neighbor." We hope and pray that, very soon, we won't be asking who our neighbors are anymore. We'll be too busy creating Neighborhoods.
Overcoming (social) Anxiety (August 10, 2017)
"We hope that Give Ear wouldn’t just be a place where we are learning to listen to each other but also learning to listen to what is going on inside of us. If we understand what is going inside of us, maybe what’s going on around us might not be so daunting."
Some beautifully honest and raw words: a journey through social anxiety, learning to listen to your heart, and learning to not just "survive," but thrive! By Andrew.
We would love to hear from you if you relate to Andrew's story.
There's more to the(ir) story! (August 3, 2017)
This story will help you anticipate the “more,” look below the surface, and embrace people for who they are and who they are becoming. I hope it challenges you to be slower to judge, categorize, or assume… and much quicker to listen, hear, and see. Let’s be roomy and gracious enough to get to the “more.” I think it’s deep, complex, and beautiful there.
FROM "F*** OFF!" TO FRIENDS (July 27, 2017)
When our focus is on being right rather than connecting, there is no room for love. When we don’t search for common ground and when we don’t listen, there’s no chance for unity. When our goal is to prove our point or “win,” nobody is heard. Nobody is validated. We all lose.
Have you ever been in a conversation where the goal was so much more about connecting than being right that it was safe to say absolutely anything? Me either… until that night.