Monday, May 2, 2016


"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something." 
~ Wilson Mizner ~

As a general rule, we are not great listeners. We hear something that strikes a chord in us, leap into the conversation enthusiastically, and head off running in our own direction, recklessly, not having waited to understand what was really being said. And in this way, we discount others, which is likely not what we intend at all.
     Let's bring awareness to our internal voices but not let them run the show. We can be conscious of the fact that we have the desire to interrupt someone's train of thought, but we don't have to act on it. We may not be as right about what's coming as we think we are, and learn something by listening that we didn't know before.

I am aware of my desire to interrupt others, but listen instead, and wait for my turn to speak.