Have you ever been talking to someone who obviously wasn't listening to you? Have you ever been formulating what you're going to say next while someone is telling you a story? Or worse, seen the other person as part of an enemy group with which to compete, correct, judge, even demolish? Listening to others, really hearing them, makes them feel like they matter. We all want to be heard, after all, and know that our life matters to someone. Hearing another person's story might even teach us something important and make us better people. It would certainly make our world just a tad bit more humane.
February 11, 2019