I didn’t bother to look back at my other posts to see if I have used this heading before. Listening, I think it is the most important contributor to healing our world. I also believe it has to start long before the listening of diplomacy. Listening at a diplomatic level is as essential as an other listening, but at that level the stress is so high that the risk of failure is much greater.

Robert Johnson in his book Owning Your Own Shadow writes, “You can give another person a precious gift if you will allow them to talk without contaminating their speech with your own material.”

Less of us can be a very good thing, but we must remain present.

3 thoughts on “Listening

  1. jhvn July 3, 2014 / 11:40 am


  2. marthaschaefer July 4, 2014 / 9:20 am

    Learned the importance of listening when I took a volunteer hospice course. Very wise words, thanks for the reminder.

    • fictionfitz July 4, 2014 / 9:24 am

      I agree, my time interning in a hospice house was priceless. Not something I would have ever imagined as a place of learning or liking.

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