Wait. WHAT Was That You Said?


Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don’t have to do anything else. We don’t have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.

Margaret J. Wheatley  at  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/margaretj283927.html#DW7KqoIsDM1uGJif.99

10 thoughts on “Wait. WHAT Was That You Said?

  1. this is so true Pam. we all struggle with this. In the hospice work we do, it is so important to listen to our patience. A very sweet bereavement counselor once once taught us “the ministry of presence” – being present with a person – FULLY present – is the greatest gift of all. wishing you that this week!

  2. Good luck on that! (all my messages received) I am having this problem with hubby as of late. I think my kids listen, but do they RETAIN what i tell them? And my mother has never been a big listener. So I try to listen to myself, but I’m not very good at listening to me either.
    However, I hope I listened to your VERY thought-provoking post. What a wonderful nudge to all of us to try to listen more and be less focused on our own agendas.

  3. Deb

    Reading through all the situations you gave, I realize it could be me in all those scenarios! Listening is definitely one thing I am going to actively work on from now on. Glad I met you ar the meet and greet.

  4. What a great post/reminder! My favorite people are the ones who really listen. Sometimes it’s very easy to be a good listener, but I’m attempting to pay attention even when it’s difficult. I’m sure I repeat myself often, so I’ve decided not to interrupt my husband or mother in law when they tell me the same story over…and over. I try to just listen w/o mentioning that I’ve heard it all before. That’s exactly what I’d like them to do for me, too!

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