Listen Up

Last week, I wrote about the power of caring and issued a call to care.

I believe the simple act of caring — for ourselves and for others — can transform our lives and change the world. It can melt the hardest of hearts and knock down the tallest of walls.

It has certainly done that for me.

I’ve learned that listening can also do that. Sometimes life can force us to make a full stop — stop all the talking, stop all the doing…just stop. When you stop, you are forced to listen closely, to pay attention and to really hear what’s going on around you.

It’s amazing what happens when you just stop and listen. You can hear your own heart beat. Your can hear your own inner voice guiding the way. You can hear your family and friends and feel their true love and genuine concern.

Listening, like caring, can transform our lives.

Today, pretend for five minutes that you can’t talk and just practice listening. You might be transformed by what you hear.

Share your story, report your life: Has life ever presented you with an opportunity to stop and listen? What did you learn from listening?

With love,



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About the Author

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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution. Like her page on Facebook or follow her on Instagram.

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