Tag Archives: listening

Be Swift to Listen

“Let everyone be swift to listen, and slow to speak…” ~James 1:19 “For those who restrain their lips are wise.” ~Proverbs 10:19 ∴

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My Experiment in Becoming Human

Processing My Thoughts Aloud In My Head In a post entitled Do You Live in Your Head? I wrote about my goal of talking less and listening more, of focusing on others. Still, goals aren’t touchdowns, they’re just big “H”s … Continue reading

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Do You Live in Your Head?

I’m a monologist. By which I mean I’m a dedicated one-way communicator. Writing and lecturing come naturally to me. But conversation? Well… Did I mention I’m a monologist? An old girlfriend once stared at me in disbelief and said, “You … Continue reading

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Hope is More Virulent than Fear

It was our last “normal” day together. Sunday (after online church, hmm), we ate at a favorite local restaurant (remember those?), and watched a movie at a local theater (remember those?). It was The Invisible Man, an excellent film about … Continue reading

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Knock, Knock…

…Who’s There? A little owl lived in an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard Why can’t we be like that wise little bird? ~Mid-19th Century (Author Unknown) “Therefore, beloved, … Continue reading

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Listen!

                   “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”   ~Ernest Hemingway “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” ~David W. … Continue reading

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Happy Boss’s Day (Maybe)

 It’s Boss’s Day!* Yay!  Maybe. To borrow an old bit: “I quit because of religious differences.” “Oh, yeah?” “Yeah, my boss thought he was God. And I disagreed.” Good leaders know how to find the delicate balance between leading and listening. If your boss … Continue reading

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Verb or Noun?

Some things can be both a verb and a noun (fish, call, ride). But I only know of one thing that must be a verb before it can be a noun: Love Yesterday was World Refugee Day, by the way. A … Continue reading

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Harvey Weinstein and the Whole Damn Thing

I stuck my hand into a hornet’s nest on Facebook, when I posted the quip, “Breaking News: Woman found who has never been propositioned by Harvey Weinstein.” For those who don’t follow North American news, Harvey Weinstein, one of the … Continue reading

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Reach Out!

“Reach out” is the contemporary term for making contact. People don’t “get in touch with” others anymore, they “reach out” to them. There’s something both sweet and desperate about that phrase in this age of disconnection and intolerance. Agreement is … Continue reading

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