We are in a society that thinks everyone has to scream and rant and rave all day and every day about the latest headlines. We're not in listening mode - we're in speaking mode. If you observe and watch closely, you will see that no one is truly listening to each other.
I often watch little kids in public places just trying to get the attention of their parents. They just want them to care and show that they are listening to them. Far too often, I see the parents texting someone or glued to their phone and the poor child is feeling very neglected.
On social media, everyone wants to tell everyone what they should do it seems or how they should think. Everyone thinks that everybody else wants to read the regurgitated rhetoric over and over throughout the day. This not listening at all. It is people speaking far too much and in many ways, not adding anything to our world.
Be a friend and listen...
Often people just need someone to listen. They don't need them to formulate some meme or happy thought. They don't need them to tell them what to do or how to think or what to say. They just need someone to be a friend and listen.
Listening can be so healing and helpful. It can give courage and strength to those who are struggling in difficult times. Listening can open up a compassionate heart by removing pain that is too difficult to bear.
Listening can give courage and strength to those who may be struggling to hold on in their day. Just the act of listening says I care and sometimes that is more than enough.
We all take listening for granted, but in communication - it is a very powerful tool. Without listening, the words spoken between one another would have no place to land. Without listening, we'd never understand another's point of view or their thoughts or emotions or ideas.
Listening is so important. Let us all try to remember that we have two ears and one mouth like my mother used to say. If we use it in that proportion, than we should be listening more than we are speaking? How's that going in your life?
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