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Don't Just Hear. Listen.

--by irongrace, posted May 23, 2008

Lately I've been trying to listen more. What does this mean? Well, instead of just hearing the conversation I actually take in every word of it no matter if the subject is interesting to me or not.

I had a conversation with my uncle, who is a bit eccentric and has "different" views on things. But i heard every word he said. Through our conversation I learned that calculators weren't being used in post secondary school in the 70's. He also said he wishes people wouldn't throw out items in good condition. He picks them up and gives them to those in need. I wouldn't have thought this would be something he did.

So the next time you have a conversation about something your not interested in, just listen harder. Maybe you are just not hearing what is being said.

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Readers Comments

jimpa wrote: Excellent advice!
Many Blessings,
southerncross wrote: cool. May God Bless you and your family and have a happy new year.
nila wrote: Listening really makes a difference and thanks for reminding us
lmil1954 wrote: Thanks for the advice. I'm listening:)
warmth wrote: Thank you for the wonderful advice :)
wayfarer wrote: Too often we "hear" what we expect to hear. When we actually listen we can be surprised by what we learn. Good point, well made, Irongrace!
gwboocat wrote: Great! What a wonderful lesson. God gave us two ears and only one mouth for a reason!
makesomeonesmile wrote: Listening is one of the hardest things to do. Thanks for taking the time and patience to listen!
JuneBug wrote: Listening to someone is getting to know them. I'm glad you took the time to hear your uncle. We can learn about others and from others by taking the time to listen. Knowledge is power!
AURELIA wrote: Good For you! That's a wonderful lesson. I'm all ears. Love Aurelia

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