Is Anybody Listening?

many talk but few listen

And you…?

Posted on | April 21, 2013 | No Comments

Isn’t it strange how we tend to expect much more of others than we do of ourselves…?

In this forum I am thinking here particularly in the context of listening, of course. The implication is that we may expect others to listen to us, to our ideas, our problems, our life experiences – but we don’t expect to give equal time to listening to those of others.  No doubt another symptom of our self-centredness….

Let’s face it, listening does not come easy… It takes effort and discipline. It also suggests that we show respect to the person talking. If we do not listen then the speaker also has to shoulder some of the responsibility. Clear, interesting communication is compelling – and that is all the more important in today’s information-laden world where competing messages vie for attention.

Perhaps we need a change of attitude or a change of heart. We may need to reassess the value of interpersonal communication. I often think of that when I ride on planes and observe passengers locked into their own private world as they absorb movies, videos and other media offerings via their eyes and headphones. Under these circumstances finding a live human being to engage in conversation is often a luxury – providing they have something to say, of course!

The point is that people are important. Communication between individuals is all part of being human in a de-personalised world.  No doubt as we listen to others they in turn will want to listen to us, too.

And if we find that people do listen to us we owe it to them to hear their stories and problems too. Perhaps it is only listening that we have something meaningful to say?

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