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The National Day of Listening

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
~Sir Winston Churchill~

The National Day of Listening is an unofficial holiday that is observed on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It is a time to take a moment and let someone else do the talking, or if you have something to say that you feel is important, you may find someone who is willing to listen to you.

The National Day of Listening was created in 2008 by StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.

It provides a method of honoring loved ones in the simplest form, and that is by listening to them and giving them the opportunity to express themselves. Many people have some very unique and interesting stories to tell, but they remain silent because they don't think others want to listen and hear what they have to say.

This is important because those people who remain quiet may have something to say that might have an affect on you, your family, your neighborhood, or it may very well be something that is life changing.

Remember, everyone has witnessed something that they feel is significant and whatever it is, it should be told and not taken to the grave with them. There are literally millions of people who would like nothing more than to have a little time to tell their story.

As part of your decision to get involved in The National Day of Listening, you can reach out to different individuals, groups, and organizations. You can visit hospitals, retirement centers, hospice care facilities, homeless shelters and other facilities in your neighborhood to talk with the sick, the elderly, and others who may have something interest to say.

Even it you don't think what someone else has to say is that important, it doesn't cost anything but a little time and patience to listen. The National Day of Listening is one of those days in which you can lend an ear and if you have something to say, someone may be willing to listen to you.


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