Is Anybody Listening?

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Being heard – being respected

Much frustration is generated in people who feel they are not being heard… They are ordinary people, just like you and me. ¬†Perhaps you are one of them. Somehow our pleas for help – or even recognition – are not being heard. In times past it may not have felt so bad, but in these […]

Listening to the Right People

This thought was triggered by listening to this morning’s Sunday program on BBC Radio 4. The Vicar of Baghdad, as he is known, was being interviewed about the current sad state of affairs in Iraq. His advice was that the warring factions need to listen to one another. Listen to the right people – people […]

What If I Listened More…?

This is a big one – because it strikes deep at who I am…. Not long after getting married I noted that my wife said very little – and I was doing all the talking. So I asked her why… Her reply was very blunt: “What’s the point, because you never listen anyhow…?” Ouch! That […]

Ears that Hear

How often have you been told that you have ‘cloth ears’? It used to happen to me with my Mum. “Didn’t I just tell you…?” etc. While there are several theories about the origins of the expression it seems likely from one of Samuel Pepys’ diaries (May 1 1663, in fact) that cloth ears were […]

Why Did We Not Listen…?

This week we heard of nine men found guilty of grooming then farming out young girls for sex. These were all vulnerable teenagers, many of whom were in care, and all open to exploitation. Some had appealed for help but their cries had gone unheard when they had reported what was going on. Now the […]

Not Listening to Each Other?

The speaker on the radio spoke of the dangers of not listening to each other. When that happens communication breaks down. It is not a good place to be… It could mean that it is too late and the point pof no return has been reached. The context was the issue of assisted dying. Both […]

What is Listening, after all?

So far we have assumed that we all know what we mean when we talk about “listening” – but we could be mistaken. Today all our senses are being stretched. Technology progresses at a rapid pace and continues to serve up new ways of communicating. It used to be simple: speech, body language, sign language […]

Selective Listening

“You hear what you want to hear!” my mother used to tell me as a small child. And when I became a teenager too… There was a possibly a lot of truth in that. And it’s a truth that continues to this day, no doubt. My wife tells me she can see when I have […]

A Lost Art?

Is listening a lost art? In western culture at least where life is lived out at breakneck speed and few have time for anyone else. Gone are the days when children should be seen but not heard. Passive, obedient, well-mannered angels (?) that soaked up everything they were told. Well, that was the way that […]

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