“I like to listen.I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.
Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway
Some days can be pretty disappointing. The news flashes across the screen of one disaster after another. Perhaps your job is in jeopardy or it may have been announced that many positions at your place of employment are going to be eliminated. Maybe there is a health issue you have to deal with and it is draining your energy. It could be that an important relationship is in trouble and it is pulling you down.
Maybe it isn’t you that is impacted by the negative stories around you but there is someone you know that is impacted. Why not cheer them up a bit, encourage them by “listening” to them and acknowledging the story they are sharing with you. Listening could be the most powerful form of encouragement that person would experience and that just might be what lifts them up so that they can once again fly.
Just simply listen, and then echo back their words as you acknowledge the pain they are feeling in the moment.
Francois La Rochefoucauld wrote, “The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than about what others are saying, and we never listen when we are eager to speak.”
For many people listening isn’t listening. That is for most people what appears to be listening is the thought about what to say next. It takes effort to pause the internal thoughts and put them aside long enough to really hear what the other person has to say. Letting them share their story, their pain, their grief and their thoughts will encourage them by letting them know someone does care.
The most powerful form of encouragement, listening with intention of hearing what the other person has to say.
Just silence the mind, listen intently, with understanding, and you will encourage someone. Do it today.