Blog

  • When Life Gets All Lifey

    You know those seasons of life you sip, savor, and want to linger with a little bit longer because they almost border on picturesque perfection? Yeah, that is the exact opposite of what the last couple weeks have been for me.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Aug 20, 2019
  • Just a Part, A Piece of Peace

    Twenty years ago next month in Texas, while I was six months pregnant with my first son, working in a teen outreach program and in graduate school, a gunman entered a church in Fort Worth and opened fire on teens from across the community who had gathered to pray for their schools.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Aug 05, 2019
  • Listening is Close to Loving

    I can listen. My business card says so. There comes a fair amount of pressure leading a listening organization. Sure, there are normal workplace deadlines and to-do lists, but that kind of pressure is normal, routine, and to be expected for someone in the modern workplace.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Apr 23, 2019
  • My Dad is a Natural Storyteller

    Professor, author, counselor and theologian David Augsburger wrote, “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.” I saw that come true when my dad visited me at a business luncheon on a sunny day last October.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Feb 25, 2019
  • Extrovert Guide to Sitting with Pain

    When teaching about empathy, author, speaker, and self-help phenom Brene’ Brown tells us that our brains are wired to run from pain - including emotional pain - whether it is ours or someone else’s. One of the opportunities we have in serving others through listening is empathetically sitting with them, allowing grace and space for the person to not be “fixed” but to feel whatever it is they need to feel.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Jan 21, 2019
  • Rebecca Emerson tapped to amplify impact of OCL

    Our Community Listens, a non-profit dedicated to building more caring communities through life-changing programs that improve interpersonal relationships, has named a new executive director, Rebecca Buell Emerson.

    CFFCC_Logo_Icon_FC CFCC Team
    Oct 11, 2018
  • Gratitude the Our Community Listens Way

    Attitude of Gratitude......we know gratitude is crucial to a positive mindset. It can also help when we are in situations that can be stressful.

    CFFCC_Logo_Icon_FC Marya Degrow, CFCC Alumni
    Sep 19, 2018
  • We Hear You: The Story of a Corporate Pioneer Who Made the Roaring Fork Valley His Testing Ground for a New Way to Listen

    Aspen is defined by a lot of superlatives, but Bob Chapman is introducing a new one. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be known as the most caring community in the world?” he asks.

    CFFCC_Logo_Icon_FC CFCC Team
    Aug 16, 2018
  • Empathy for People Who Suck

    Empathy is important, even when we struggle to understand or relate to others. Let's look beyond our natural emotional reactions to some whom we might not readily connect with.

    CFFCC_Logo_Icon_FC Marya Degrow, CFCC Alumni
    Jun 07, 2018
  • What is Empathy and Can I Get Better At It?

    What is your understanding of empathy? Can you show someone empathy when they are going through something you've never been through? Can you grow in the ability to show empathy?

    CFFCC_Logo_Icon_FC Marya Degrow, CFCC Alumni
    Jun 06, 2018