Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. – attributed to J. Isham (no known bio)
What does that mean?
We all listen to others, in some form or another. The only question is why do we listen?
Sometimes it is the story being told which captures us. Other times, it is the person speaking who has captured us. And there are the times when we are the ones captured, like at a meeting or at work.
Think about the difference between, and how different you feel, when you are listening to a story which you enjoy, someone talking whom you enjoy, and being stuck in a meeting, forced to listen to someone yammer on and on.
How well we listen depends on whether they have captured our heart. The story, the person, the place, these all have a meaning…
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