My name is GR8LISTENER.
Some of you know me by other names.
Addict, alcoholic, liar, cheat, con.
I was not always a great listener.
I was always wanting to be
“heard and not hurt”.
I took my pain and made a poem.
I took my lessons and wrote four plays.
I took the scraps that life gave me
and made a quilt.
If life gives you scraps,
make a quilt”
My quilt, like yours, has two sides.
The one the public sees.
The one I truly am.
They are the same quilt.
One is private.
One is public.
My soft spots are
“people who need to be hurt
and keep on hurting”
And “people who are children”
who keep on living in wonder,
joy, love, imaginations and creativity.
These are the people in the life of
GR8LISTENER…the public and the private.
Which side of the quilt will I show you?
Do you need to publicly keep on hurting?
Do you privately need to keep living in wonder,
joy, love, imagination and creativity?
What would happen for you,
If you turned over the quilt?
If you, creatively, lovingly got rid of the hurt?
Would you become a great listener?
Would you listen to your dreams and the dreams of others?
Would you warm them with your quilt…
Until, they could make a quilt to warm themselves?
Until, they could be both the public and private self?
Shadow and light.
Become authentic and real.
We have a choice to stop hurting !
We have a choice to creatively, lovingly
use the energy we spend
on “fixing” the quilt that we are
(scraps public and private)
instead of hurting.
Addictions come to all of us in life.
Addictions like shopping, computers,
bingo, tv, cell phones.
and some others you may have heard of.
For some of the years of my life,
All I had been scraps.
Now, I have a quilt.
I learned from the leaders.
I learned from the people
who needed to stay hurt.
Most of all, I learned from the children
who become the artists, musicians,
writers, dancers, singers,
quilt makes, life givers and lovers of life.
I love to listen to them.
I need to listen to the people who need to hurt
(and keep on hurting)
Until they are ready to come Home !