“When we listen,” writes Rachel Naomi Remen, “we offer with our attention an opportunity for wholeness… When you listen generously to people, they can hear truth in themselves, often for the first time.
Eventually you may be able to hear, in everyone and beyond everyone, the unseen singing softly to itself and to you.”
This Thanksgiving, StoryCorps invites us to honor a grandparent, neighbor, or family friend over 65 by listening to their story...to be still and open to giving the gift of deep listening that Rachel Remen so beautifully describes. In whatever way you observe Thanksgiving or thanksgiving, we encourage you to join The Great Thanksgiving Listen by downloading and using the StoryCorps mobile app and interviewing a grandparent, neighbor, or family friend over 65. Built-in prompts will guide you through the process of preparing for, recording, and, if you choose, publishing your interview. And if you'd like to use this in a classroom setting, be sure to check out the teacher toolkit.
“Most people love to be listened to because it tells them how much their lives matter,” says Dave Isay, StoryCorps founder and president. “When we take the time to listen it's like being shaken on the shoulder and reminded we're alive.”