In case you haven’t noticed, I like to talk – A LOT. Talking has always been easy for me. But listening… well… that didn’t come so naturally. I had to work on it.
You’ve heard it said that there’s a reason we have two ears and one mouth. Some people say that means we should be listening twice as much as we talk. Makes a lot of sense… We also have two arms, hands, legs, and feet. So, maybe we should be doing twice as much walking and working, too!
Speaking is an important part of communication. But it’s only one part. Listening is another. We need to do both. None of us should be the one talking all the time – how boring would that be? And we can’t learn anything new if all we ever hear, is ourselves!
Just think how much we need to learn from others. Understanding their needs and wants, hopes and dreams, experiences and expertise makes us better – and helps others improve as well – when communication goes both ways.
Today’s Peace of Wisdom can be found in learning to listen… and listening to learn.