Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
Too often we speak before we think and do not listen nearly as much as would benefit us. How about today, we try to examine situations where we might learn something by listening instead of talking. Some people can be challenging to relate to.... just random examples might be, a nosey mother-in-law, overbearing boss or coworker, or simply your child wanting your attention. Instead of justifying your feelings or explaining your point of view, use effective yet concise words and then wait for a reply. Good leaders are always marked by being good listeners. When a girlfriend needs to talk, resist the urge to give advice right away and just listen. We have an obligation to tame our tongues and give people the courtesy of being an attentive and engaged listener. Wouldn't you want the same respect? Everyone deserves to be heard to the full measure. Give that thoughtfulness to someone this week.
Have a beautiful weekend ~ Joanna
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