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I’m Listening…

Whilst I research Emerging Adulthood for a new post ~ no easy feat, believe me ~ I urge you to follow the conversation, here, in our comments ~ if you do not already.

We have a fascinating and very vocal, bright, thoughtful and caring community with loads of insights and a variety of experiences.

And they love to share with us. With you!

We all want to feel we’re being heard…

That is a truth, I think it’s fair to say. There are many truths. No real absolute truth, except perhaps that one. 🙂

We all have our own truths, too. Truths are relative, don’t you think? Some truths? When it comes to interpersonal human communication, it is the feeling of being heard that counts the most. My dogs hear me, though whether or not they listen, is a different story. 🙂

That doesn’t matter, really. It’s the hearing that counts, the special feeling you’re being heard. That’s what it’s all about and that is why I love real life, real time communication. Talking. And listening. Actively. With your eyes, ears and heart.

That’s why I love this community that you and I have developed together.

Talking therapy is all about feeling you’re being heard

Our comments are a form of talking and you’ll notice that I listen and comment right back. As often and as quickly as I can. That’s part of the philosophy of Coming Out Crazy as I originally envisioned it during its first incarnation at The Toronto Star‘s when I was asked to write a “mental health blog” back in March 2007.

Back then, I was dabbling with blogging, though one ever read what I wrote.

Anyway, that was then and this is now.

By the way, “now” is my favourite word. I bet you didn’t know that.

And I’ll tell you something I know you don’t know because I’ve never written about it before.

Besides having a very long and dramatic psychiatric history…

I also have a serious eating disorder, too…

And I’m just beginning to understand it now. After all these years.

Yes, I have a lot of years under my shrinking belt… 62.

Another thing you don’t know about me…

I also have a serious hearing loss and I wear two hearing aids…

So this is a bit of why I haven’t been blogging as much as I like.

My hearing aids are old, more than five and a half years old and I’m anxiously awaiting new ones. Struggling with my hearing is my way of life. I can compensate, though.

Lipreading is an art at which I excel.

As for the eating, well, I’m struggling with that, too. Just to maintain a weight-loss of close to 60 lbs.

It’s hard, but I’m beginning to understand a great deal about why I binge. I volume eat. I will be writing more and more about this, as time goes on. Revealing it to you and insights reveal themselves to me.

All the while, listening to you. Sharing with you. Talking with you.

Hearing you. That’s how healing happens.

Don’t you think?

Speak soon.




I’m Listening…

Sandy Naiman

Sandy Naiman is a Toronto freelance journalist.

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