Saturday, January 21, 2012

Say Thank You to Someone by Actually Listening to Them

Words are powerful to either build or destroy. To listen and actually hear what is being said will always build up.

Day 7-- Today I sit at the keyboard and find that my mind is a fog. At first I try to pull something out of the fog. And then I remember the first rule of communication; that there are times when to not speak (or write), is the best course…when quiet and listening are better.

And as I sit thinking about listening, I suddenly have many things to say (smile). Listening can turn everything around.

Listen… to the sounds of life around you – there is so much music we often miss
Listen to your kids – they speak a wisdom lost to most adults
Listen to your friends -- actually listen, not just converse
Listen to your pets-- animals communicate with a unique style of love
Listen to those you love -- show them your love by hearing their hearts
Listen to those you don’t even like -- even they have something valuable to say
Listen to God -- He is ever speaking Life and Love and Light

Take the time to listen and you may have a friend for life.
Take the time to listen and you will gather insight.
Take the time to listen and wisdom will be yours.
Take the time to listen, it may open up a door that has been closed for a very long time.

Take the time to say thank You to God by listening to the incredible sights, sounds, people He has surrounded you with.

Take time to recognize a person in your life; someone perhaps you have grown use to, and that you think you know them oh-so well, and maybe they have something hidden in their heart that they long to say... say thank you to them for their presence in your life; say thank you by taking the time to listen and to hear.

Talk to you tomorrow

 "It is the province of knowledge to speak. And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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  1. Hi Connie,

    When people think about communicating they often think about talking and that is it. But listening is equally important too. Sure, everyone speaks but how many people actually listen?

    1. Hi LK :o)
      Sadly I think you are correct, that the art of listening is a skill that few practice.
      The longer I live the more I have come to understand the wisdom of silence, and/or listening.
      And even though in a public setting, my job is to use words (writing and teaching),when it comes to one on one, my goal is always to listen more than I speak.

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