The Zone, Vol 38: Listen and Learn

by The ParaDocs

December 18, 2020

The Zone Weekly with paraDocs

Tell stories and seek art that uplifts!

In Volume 38 of this guest series, psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti, explain how music and storytelling can bring us together and build us up for the journey. 

For over 10 years, they have worked closely with us on aging concerns and have presented many webinars and in-person workshops. Their newsletter, The Zone, is a weekly mental health and nutrition tip sheet during times of change.

Music is often referred to as the “voice of the day” or the “poetry of the masses.”  During this season of many celebrations, we can hear music and singing that speaks to the heart of what is meaningful to each of us.  In 1985 Whitney Houston released the song “The Greatest Love of All which holds meaning for all the seasons of life.  The song speaks to the importance of love, the generations, resilience, and the need to continually educate our children and ourselves.  “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way” and “I found the greatest love of all inside of me.”

On a recent trip picking up one of our grandsons from school, I took the opportunity to ask him to join me for a walk.  During this Pandemic I have found walking an ideal activity to connect and see some of my friends and family, while still maintaining social distance.   On this walk with my grandson, our discussion led us to the topic of living a meaningful life.  I asked if he knew much about the day of his birth, since the day had been filled with both fear and joy.  He had heard some things about the day’s events and about a vague reference that he may not have lived through the delivery.  In fact, after he was born, he was not breathing.  I shared with him more of the details that occurred that day and how the nurses and the doctors, like today’s frontline health workers, had worked hard to save his life.  I also shared that four years later, I had the privilege of meeting the nurse who gave him breath.  Our grandson immediately asked, “Do you know this woman because I would like to meet her?”  I told him that, when it is safe, we will seek her out together to see if she wants to meet.  Our plan for the future is set.

Everyday provides us opportunities to listen to others to better understand them and how they perceive their world.  During this time of uncertainty and anxiety it is important that we take the time to listen to and learn from each other, including our most precious resource, our children. 

Key Takeaways
  • Music provides an earbud to our culture.
  • “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwimdt.
  • Walking can be beneficial to both your heart and soul.
Best Practices
  • Listen to the lyrics of your favorite music.
  • Listen to the messages our children share with us every day.
  • Continue to nurture yourself.
Things to Limit
  • Being too “bussssey”.
  • Not sharing the stories of life.
  • Isolating from others.

In summary, as we move forward with living, both the opportunities for growth and the obstacles that get in our way teach us lessons that we need to hear and learn from.

Quote of the Week

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”


About the author 

The ParaDocs

The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P. and Chief Academic Officer and, Dr. Helen E. Battisti, PhD, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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