“One of the sincerest forms of respect, is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Brian McGill
Everyone hears things.
But not everyone listens.
Just hearing the words of another is to scratch the surface. It’s often here where we can turn into our own thoughts, thinking about what we are going to say next. The listening has stopped at this point, as the focus is elsewhere now. We’re simply now awaiting for our turn to speak.
What if we changed those efforts around? Where instead of thinking of what to say next, we seek to see further than the words. In full commitment to appreciating and taking their perspective. It is said that 80% of communication is non-verbal.
Listen not with the intention to respond, but with the intention to understand.