There is a story told about a woman who believed she had a hearing problem. Her friends kept telling her she had a problem. She was always asking them to repeat what had been said in conversation. So she made an appointment at a hearing clinic.
The doctor told her that he had the latest diagnostic technology but that he preferred using his old reliable test first. So the doctor took out his old pocket watch. Seated across from the woman, he held up the watch and asked her if she could hear the watch ticking. Sure, just fine, she answered. So the doctor got up and walked behind her, getting the same positive response from the woman.
The doctor then walked to the other side of the room, standing 20 feet away and asked if the ticking could still be heard. She said she could hear it easy. The doctor returned to his chair putting the old reliable watch back into his pocket. Looking at the woman he gave her his diagnosis. Your hearing is perfect, he said, your problem is not in your hearing, you just don't know how to listen!
Strange as it seems we do not all hear the same things. Identical words may be spoken but you and I will hear different things. and then sometimes we tend to hear what we want to hear. Sometimes noise drowns out what we want to hear
Since I celebrated Christmas with most of my family this past Saturday, this is going to be a nice quiet week here for me. I know I'll be hearing from many of them again on Christmas Day but for me this week is time to sit back and relax. All the busy days of preparation -- the shopping and the wrapping are over and I'm ready for the peaceful days ahead.
I hope your Monday is a MERRY one!