Tag: compassionate listening

Never Forget

We Pause…to Listen

The world’s media today is filled with stories remembering the horrific events of September 11, 2001. As we write this message, television screens are broadcasting simultaneous services of commemoration about what happened that day in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,977 people died — tragically, violently, needlessly. The world changed dramatically that…
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To Be Alive

The Someone To Tell It To Podcast SEASON 4: EPISODE 2 To Be Alive with Reza Marvasti What makes Reza Marvasti come alive is being in service to others.  Reza founded a mission called The Power of Play – to support every child’s right to learn and develop through the power of play. He has been to some…
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Our Reflections

The Someone To Tell It To Podcast SEASON 4: EPISODE 1 Our Reflections with Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden We are kicking off season four with a conversation between our co-founders, Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden. As Someone To Tell It To approaches it’s 10-year anniversary this coming January, Michael and Tom reflect on how…
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Be an everyday radical

Our word ‘radical’ shared its origins with the word ‘radish’; both are concerned with roots and are often bitter. —James Dorsey Not many people would consider themselves radicals. Some would never want that label. While some radicals—Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., or even Jesus—receive high praise for their countercultural…
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The Presence of Listening

A guest post by Victoria Houser, PhD student at Clemson University. Like most people, I tend to think of myself as a rather well-rounded listener—supportive, engaging, silent when necessary. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who openly acknowledges that they are terrible at listening. We recognize listening as a powerful trait, one that…
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Just Wanting To Be Heard

Before we get started, let’s play a quick game of compare and contrast: Think about the life you thought you were going to have -the one you envisioned when you were a kid, a college student, a newlywed, or a first-time parent. Now think about the life you do have. Chances are good that the…
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What is Most Private is Most Communal

  Tom   A cool breeze puffs its way across my face.   The widow in our bedroom, an all but glorified piece of plastic wrap, makes me one with creation, whether I wish to be in this way or not. Like the two night owls on the mountainside at the end of our block, I’m…
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Are you #Woke?

To be aware.   That’s what it means to be “woke”.   Increasingly, we’ve been hearing this word used as a byword for social awareness, primarily about racism and injustice. But it can be used for so much more.   There’s a lot of injustice in this world. And yes, a lot of racism. Accompanying…
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Did Anyone Care that He Was Alone?

Three years ago, a civic leader here in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, told us that she believed if more people had “someone to tell it to” in their lives, very possibly there would be fewer acts of violence, fewer incidents of abuse, and fewer mass shootings across our land. Three years later, we are utterly saddened and…
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Someone To Tell It To

Everyone is “Someone”

We’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to call the people we listen to. Are they clients? Friends? Storytellers? Nothing quite fit. We wanted a name that represented the type of relationship we try to build and the way we value those we listen to, but we struggled to find a…
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