"Be the Change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi "I will be a Hummingbird, I will do the best that I can." -Wangari Maathai "Where stereotypes begin with a grain of truth, cliches begin with a boulder" - George Watsky "And she's gonna learn, that this life will hit you - hard - in the face - wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach, but getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs, how much they like the taste of air." - Sarah Kay "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded." -Suheir Hammad


Most of us have to gift of hearing. To take sounds from the outside have them processed through our ears and into our brains in a fraction of a second to a familiar sound. But have you ever actually listened. When you hear rain, do you listen to how heavy the raindrops falling are, where the condensation is coming from or going to, the cries of the people who need the rain more than you? When you hear a gunshot, do you listen to the family crying for their loss, or the other family of the shooter crying for theirs? When you hear a person talk, do you listen to the deeper meanings behind it, to their troubles, their joys, or their confusions? If we all listened instead of heard, imagine the wave of humbleness that would come over the human race. The next sound made, try actually listening to it. As I hit my keys, I here the years of designing, digging for metal, careful placement, and time spent on the technology underneath my fingertips. The next person who talks to you, really listen to what's going on.