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Listen Up

Monday, December 28th, 2015

This time of year people are usually starting to think about changes they want to make in the new year.

One way we can all change is to listen to what others have to say.

People around us–relatives, friends, acquaintances, teachers, spouses, children all have opinions and want nothing more than to be listened to.

Active listening allows us to be totally tuned in to what another person has to say. It is a precious gift to listen.

The last thing you want to do is pretend you’re listening but tuning in and out and then trying to catch up at the end of the conversation.

It is easier to listen if you’re not distracted.
Harder to do when the dog barks, the phone rings, you’re listening to one child while another one comes up and asks you a question.

The problem is that sometimes even when it’s just you and one other person, listening isn’t always easy but listening is one of the most important things you can do for your family, friends, co-workers and for you.

Here are some quotes about listening:

If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk. Robert Baden-Powell

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. Stephen R. Covey

The art of conversation lies in listening. Malcomb Forbes

and

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. Diogenes

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