Late December and early January is the time for “best of the year” lists, including best music, articles, movies, sports games, etc. I read an article on one of these lists and the topic was about becoming a better listener. The author had some good tips on asking interesting questions and keeping your attention on the speaker (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/opinion/listening-tips.html).
She also said “How you listen can work like a self-fulfilling prophecy: If you’re barely listening to someone because you think that person is boring or not worth your time, you could actually make it so.” I think this and many of the other insights also applies to listening to the natural world. On most days, I barely listen to the world around me and it can become that self-fulfilling prophecy that I believe there isn’t much to listen to.
I hope this year I can prioritize listening, both to others and the world around me, to strengthen my connection to God’s creation and invite you to do the same!