I feel a tinge of sadness when I read this. Not overwhelming sorrow, more along the lines of ‘sad but true’ – but there’s still this sense of sadness – that we talk to be heard, when so often we listen without hearing because we are already formulating what we want to say in response. So we’re not really listening at all. We want to be heard, but do we take time to listen?
I appreciate this quote because it’s one of those in your face reminders – in my case to ‘shut up and listen’.
If I want to speak and feel that I’m being heard, then I need to take the time to really listen to what others are saying.
Note to self: Practice listening.