After 37 years on the air, broadcaster Diane Rehm said farewell to her NPR audience on December 23, 2016. She also thanked them for civil discourse, even during controversial discussions. True to the temper of “The Diane Rehm Show,” she urged the practice of “much more active listening on the part of all of us, not just those who are part of the media, all of us.”
Interestingly, this year’s top posts on Random Storyteller express a longing for peace and connectedness to family and nature.
- “magnolia (never a moonlit lie)”: how the turn of a magnolia blossom reminded me of life’s sweet ride
- “Life, Death—and That Thin Veil Between”: Dad’s spiritual connection beyond modern medicine
- “Midwinter Summer Snapshot”: January daydreams of a North Carolina summer
- “Longing for a Southern Spring”: I journeyed far to find my true way home
- “11 #Gratitude Reasons for a Wacky Election”: I walked away from the noise for a mindful way of being
What did I learn in 2016?
- Observing is more productive than judging
- Listening (while detached from the negative) offers a powerful communication tool
- Embracing the present moment opens the path to joy
Great lessons learned in a trying and unpredictable year. Life is full of surprises and insights.
Yes, Karen, I am learning to watch for the signs that inform us. I cherish our communication and friendship.
Hi Karen. Happy New Year! 2016 was quite a memorable year.
Insightful and inspiring posts. Thank you for the year.
Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!
Thank you, too. All my best to you in 2017!
A very productive year my Storyteller. Looking forward to reading more from you in 2017. Happy New year 2017 my best friend. xxx
It was less productive in output. However, it is positive to grow and learn from others. I send my best across the Big Pond. Take care and prosper in all ways. Thanks for your service to patients.
Your 2016 was an excellent year for you, judging by what you produced and what you learned! Wishing you an even better one this time round 🙂
Thanks, Ms. Bea. Hope you are doing well in your part of the world. May your independent creative talents flow forth in 2017. You always inspire me.
Fabulous takeaways, Catherine. Listening is so very important, and a lost art these days it seems. Thankful for your thoughtful musings and wishing you a peaceful and productive 2017, with a multitude of joy-filled moments….
Lori, thanks for taking time to read, as busy as your schedule is. I wish you much happiness in 2017. #Gratitude for your friendship.