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Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world.
-- Cesare Pavese
 

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Listen well

Listen, not just for the purpose of constructing clever comments and comebacks. Listen, truly listen, to understand.

Listen, even if you disagree with what’s being said, especially if you disagree. Listen with respect, with rapt interest, with your curiosity at full throttle.

Listen, fully focused, and gain priceless insight. Listen, and benefit from the experiences, the mistakes, the triumphs of others.

Seek not to prove what you know. Seek instead to improve and increase what you know and understand, by listening well.

Listen, truly pay attention, and continually inject new richness into your relationships. Listen, and multiply the value of your skills, your experience, your wisdom and resources.

Listen to learn, to bond, to grow in wisdom and compassion, to genuinely increase the goodness in life. Listen well, to build a life, and a world, in which all can live well.

— Ralph Marston

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