Talking Curiosity and Kindness with My Mother In-Law [episode 18]

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I have a special episode to share with you today – a conversation that is with none other than my wonderful mother-in-law, Kathy! I thought it would be fun to have Kathy on my show, because we always have a great time together. Kathy and I have quite a bit in common – we’re both stubborn and are deep thinkers (we are the same Enneagram type after all, which is pretty cool). Kathy has had a variety of careers over the years, and she’s also been drawing good movement for quite some time, so I’m excited for you to hear her unique perspective.

We talk more about approaching others with respect by truly taking the time to listen to them, being curious and asking questions others may not feel comfortable asking, frustrating stereotypes that often pop up during our interactions with others, extending empathy and compassion to those around us, and more. 

Kathy takes the time to gauge a situation and truly get to know people on a deeper level, so trust is built over time (this is where self-awareness really comes into play too). Curiosity and kindness may not be super flashy things, but they really do matter in the interactions we have with other people. I always learn when I get to talk with Kathy, and this conversation was no different – I know you’ll enjoy learning from her too!

In this episode, Talking Curiosity and Kindness with My Mother In-Law, we cover:

  • Approaching everyone with respect by taking the time to really listen to them + how that builds rapport over time
  • Choosing curiosity and not being afraid to continue asking questions
  • The stereotypes Kathy experienced with being from California + being consistent and subtle when connecting with others
  • Why extending empathy and practicing self-awareness really go a long way
  • The impact good movement had on Tom from a young age, and how that’s evolved over time
  • A big misconception surrounding good movement
  • Why context plays a huge role in our interactions
  • Breaking the cycle of rude with something kind instead
  • Why being older doesn’t automatically equal having wisdom

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In stockmanship (the art and science of handling cattle in a safe, effective, low-stress manner), we have this phrase . . . good movement draws good movement. 

It’s this thing that happens when we ask a small group of cattle, maybe a cow, or a pair to move out in a certain direction and their movement draws the whole herd into moving in the same direction.

Good movement happens when we approach the cattle with a positive attitude, read and really listen to what they’re telling us, and communicate accordingly. 

We don’t approach the aware, flighty cattle the same as we do the tame, docile cattle. We adjust ourselves, our energy, and approach, and communicate with each differently.

These adjustments help us effectively draw good movement from each, which then draws good movement from the herd. But it starts with us.

The same is true for humans. Good movement starts with us.

Welcome to Good Movement Draws Good Movement, the podcast where farmers, ranchers, and rural folks can grow relationally through awareness, understanding, and effective communication.

Hey, it’s me – T. I’m your host, and I, along with my guests, will be covering topics related to drawing good movement – things like self and social awareness, brain science, positive psychology, extending grace, and so much more. 

We’ll share tools that can help you understand why you are the way you are, why others are the way they are, and how you can use that to step out of self-told lies with grace and compassion to draw good movement in conversations, relationships, and life in rural America. 

Tune in every Tuesday and make sure to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode! Let’s go draw good movement!

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