The other day, we were sitting outside with our gigantically big dog Mosho. Mosho generally acts pretty mellow but still loves attention.
So three kids come up and ask to pet our dog. “Of course,” we say, “just let her sniff your hand first so she’s not surprised.”
The oldest of the kids, probably around 12 years old, immediately found something even shinier to look at and directed his attention toward that.
The middle child, about 9, started telling us everything there is to know about dogs while petting Mosho… both pretty aggressively.
The youngest wanted to share her knowledge of dogs too, but was drowned out by her sister.
So child number 3, maybe 5 years old, stepped away from Mosho and stood right in front of us, loudly asking “Can I tell you something? Can I tell you something?”.
Of course, child. Please do.
I’d like to say that she shared dog-related knowledge that her sister had somehow missed, but that’s not my point here.
She just wanted to say something. To share. To be heard.
Make sure you hear everybody around you, even before they have to shout to get your attention.
And if you have to shout to get somebody to listen?
Actions can speak louder than words, and often you have to yell so people can even know about the action.
What do you think?
See you tomorrow!