Today I am grateful for the act of listening. We all do it, some better than others. We take it for granted. Don’t underestimate the fact that listening can make a difference in someone’s life.
In order to understand messages being sent and received you must listen. Listening is the cornerstone of communication. It helps us to feel loved and cared about. Just think about how you feel when you have something exciting to share and the person with whom you are talking is looking away or focused on something else. It’s not a good feeling.
Listening helps to build and enhance relationships. In order to be a good friend, mother, father, sister or brother we must take the time to listen to one another. I have to tell myself to close the laptop and listen to my kids from time to time. They need me. It’s so easy to get engrossed in what I am doing.
Sometimes the younger kids know exactly how to get the attention they need. When my son was little he would get really close to my face, place his little hands on each side of my cheeks, look me in the eye and say, “me mommy, me mommy.” In other words, I need your attention right now. So cute!
How do we show that we are listening? Eye contact and body language are two ways that we show that we are listening. Give him or her your undivided attention.
When you can’t be in one another’s presence, the telephone is a great substitute. Fortunately, in today’s society we have so many ways that we can communicate including Skype, and FaceTime to name a few.
Have you taken the time to listen? Make it a point to listen today. I mean r-e-a-l-l-y listen.
What are you grateful for today?
Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.
Peace and Blessings,