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Listening up and the art of being there, being in the moment, call it what you will. Let me ask you, do you listen to your blogging staff, or your typist?  A lot more, it seems, than humans listen to each other. Our colleagues at The Tiniest Tiger posted a lovely article for World Elephant Day where they reported from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. One thing that struck us was how people chattered while Edwin, Head Baby Elephant Keeper, spoke. Disrespectful? We think so.

  • I know Mum, and she would have been front and centre hanging on every single word Edwin said.

It made us think. Do we listen properly or, are we already getting ready to respond to what we think we hear, not the words of the speaker or meower? We know we cats are guilty of this, especially when excited! We need to stop, just listen to the words being meowed at us!

Listening Up Kitten
Listen to the Kitty!

Make tomorrow Listening Day, wherever you are :-

  • Don’t rush to respond in a chat. Count 1,2,3, then respond.
  • Start listening up first.
  • Focus on the person you are talking to, not yourself.
  • Take a breath – listen respectfully.
  • Respond to the person and their intention – not your take on what they say.

We are all guilty of chattering and meowing sometimes, we hope that we can stop, listen and be respectful to those who are speaking. Join us.

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    Katnip Lounge

    August 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    We hear our Mommy count to three a LOT!

    Mommy says please email her at katniplounge AT gmail DOT com, she’s a tech dork and can’t find a way to email you direct about the auction.


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    August 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I’m an AWESOME listener… well, except when I’m playing or I’m hungry or there is something else more interesting going on. My human, on the other hand, needs to shut up and listen sometimes! Like, lots of sometimes.
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    Cathy Keisha

    August 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    TW never listens to anyone except on the phone. She’s usually too busy typing for me.
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    Sometimes Cats Herd You

    August 19, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Very good advice! As cats, we rarely listen.
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    The Island Cats

    August 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Excellent advice! Thanks for sharing.
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    The Swiss Cats

    August 19, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Wise advice… Purrs
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    Austin Towers

    August 19, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Very wise advice!
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    Brian Frum

    August 19, 2015 at 4:43 am

    I am always not good at listening MOL!


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    da tabbies o trout towne

    August 19, 2015 at 4:04 am

    grate add vize guys….. de food servizz gurls gram MA all ways used ta say; ya heer…but ewe due knot listen….. { never mind that her waz sayin thiz ta gram PA…..but ewe noe !! }

    insert hearts XXXXX


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    Random Felines

    August 19, 2015 at 2:38 am

    that is great advice….
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    Amber DaWeenie

    August 19, 2015 at 1:03 am

    When I bark….peeps listen (or they run to grab their earplugs! BOL
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      Dash Kitten

      August 19, 2015 at 6:29 am

      MOL! The Wiener they can’t ignore eh Amber?!!!


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