Is Anybody Listening?

many talk but few listen

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 […]

And you…?

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 […]

It’s Surprising What You Hear…

Telling our stories is very much in vogue these days – and it has never been easier. I have been writing up some of my “adventures” for a few years already – spurred on by those who keep saying to me “Why don’t you write a book?” A blog seems a good place to start. […]

Listen to the Crowd…!

The roar of the Olympic crowds has been deafening. Competing on home turf has meant enormous support for home athletes, teams and crews. It has also given them a significant advantage ¬†Rowing crews described the impact as being like that of having an extra person in the boat as they approached the final strait. The […]

Listening as Therapy

No, I am not a therapist, but I have noticed how much people are helped when we simply listen. Sometimes we don’t even need to say anything, but just listen. That was something else I learned from my wife… I remember once when she came home after visiting someone facing difficulties. The lady poured out […]

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 […]

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 […]

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