listening-ear.gifThe men I admire and enjoy the most are those who pause to wonder and remind me to…Stop. Look. Listen….To wonder is to open ourselves up to the gift of being with a sense of gratitude.” –Sam Keene

How many people do you know that are introspective, that actually take time to ponder how they relate to the Creation God put them around, that get away for solitude just to mull things over with God, to listen to His Spirit’s voice within them, then just to appreciate what He does not reveal, and gush thankfulness back to Him for the many blessings He’s poured out?  When I have done this, it has truly “opened me up” at the spirit-level.  When I don’t, I feel like I’m drowning in the noise of this life, caught in its current of negativity, too busy to appreciate, wonder, or listen.