October 21


Are you listening?

Chaucer: Today… today, you find yourselves equals.
[crowd roars]

 Chaucer: For you are all equally blessed. For I have the pride, the privilege, nay, the pleasure of introducing to you to a knight, sired by knights. A knight who can trace his lineage back beyond Charlemagne. I first met him atop a mountain near Jerusalem, praying to God, asking his forgiveness for the Saracen blood spilt by his sword. Next, he amazed me still further in Italy when he saved a fatherless beauty from the would-be ravishing of her dreadful Turkish uncle.
[crowd, boo]

 Chaucer: In Greece he spent a year in silence just to better understand the sound of a whisper. And so without further gilding the lily and with no more ado, I give to you, the seeker of serenity, the protector of Italian virginity, the enforcer of our Lord God, the one, the only, Sir Ulllrrrich von Lichtenstein!
[crowd roars]

This is an excerpt from the classic movie A Knight’s Tale with the late Heath Ledger. Inspiration taken from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Knight’s Tale” in his classic work of the Canterbury Tales.

My favorite line in this introduction is when Chaucer says “In Greece he spent a year in silence just to better understand the sound of a whisper.”

The first time I watched the movie, I remember pausing the movie and rewinding it to listen to that line again.

Imagine immersing yourself in silence so that you could grasp the power of a whisper.

Recently my friend Steve shared a video and he said something quite profound. He said, “Things start as a whisper before they become a scream!” He was referring to listening to his body. He had irritated his back and kept pushing it until he was reduced to a hobble.

Think back to Sir Ulrich. Are you listening to the whispers your body is telling? Are you addressing the issues early on or are you pushing it until your body is in full panic mode?

This works for everything in life. Weather, relationships, pain, nutrition, happiness, etc…

Are you listening for that whisper or are you waiting for that scream?

Give yourself 5 minutes every morning and every night to breathe and just listen. Have no agenda just listen.



PS – Stay tuned because tomorrow I will share a special “poem” wrote.

PPS – If you have never seen A Knight’s Tale watch this great clip of the excerpt above. Pure magic! (Watch video clip here)

PPPS– Remember listen for the whispers in your life. 🙂


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