Most of the time, simply listening to what is being said to us enables, and empowers us with the knowledge we need to proceed. Often, when we stop talking, and or stop thinking about what we plan to say next so we can hear ourselves talk, and actually use our ears to hear someone else speaking, we discover there are things we don’t know, and what we thought we were going to say actually had nothing to do with what was being said to us at all. Additionally, if we actually listen to hear what someone is saying, the chances of us misinterpreting what is being said are diminished significantly.
Truly listening to hear what someone is saying can make an enormous difference in the way we progress through each day. Most of us don’t actually listen. We talk to someone else, or we are preoccupied with communicating on a mobile device when another person is trying to explain something to us, and when it comes time to actually perform the task, or respond to what was just explained in detail, we are clueless. If only we would have listened we would know what to do and or how to respond. We could accomplish the task at hand, advance to the next, and continue to accomplish more, learn more, expand our knowledge base, experience intellectual growth, personal growth, and enlightenment.
If someone is telling us something that is important for us to know in order to proceed and we weren’t listening, it is not their responsibility to repeat themselves, nor are we entitled to having them do so simply because we were too preoccupied among ourselves to hear them the first time they were kind enough to offer us the information. By no means should we think we are entitled to have them cater to us due to our lack of consideration. We simply need to get over it, figure it out, move on, and be a better listener next time.
Imagine a world where everyone actually listened for the purpose of hearing what is being said while it is being said. Imagine what it would be like if everyone actually showed common courtesy to the person speaking to them by not talking during the time they should be listening. Imagine if we were all considerate enough to listen to one another, sincerely giving our undivided attention to the words we need to hear instead of only hearing what we want to hear, or barely hearing anything because we were too busy listening for the moment we can start talking so we can listen to ourselves talk, even when what we want to hear ourselves say is the same thing someone just said to us. If only we would have listened we would have known. I can only imagine. I am human on planet earth. #HOPE