Listen Linda, listen. Really, do we listen? To hear sound is an ability we all have unless we are deaf. To listen is to give attention to sound. It’s to consciously focus in on a specific sound. To listen is to quite your mind and pay attention to what you’re hearing.
I’ve personally realized that I haven’t mastered the art of listening. I discovered my lack of listening when I felt as though I wasn’t being heard. It’s our job to listen especially to those near and dear. It takes courage to be transparent and vulnerable and when someone entrust you with information it shouldn’t be taken lightly. In order to give a proper response to what you have heard you need to be fully engaged. Mind cleared, attention focused and without judgement. Listening is a form of respect, it may not require a response but if it does remember your words are powerful. You never know how your response is going to be interpreted so make sure you…LISTEN.
Quote: “Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.” –Dean Jackson
Tip: Try to pick uninterrupted time to talk to friends and family. It will help you stay focused on whats being said.