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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
 

 

Thursday, April 2, 1998

Listen

Sometimes listening is the best way to express yourself. Take time to listen, to really listen with the purity of your attention, to the person with whom you’re talking. By so doing you vastly improve your ability to get your own points across. The degree to which you understand, is the degree to which you can truly make yourself understood. Listening with interest ensures that you’ll be heard when you speak.

People are happy to tell you all you need to know if you’ll only make the effort to listen. Listen not only with your ears. Listen with your knowledge, your intuition, your compassion, your experience, your culture. Listen well and you will know.

Listen carefully and you’ll hear opportunity knocking. Listen sincerely and you’ll hear the truth. Listen with an open mind and you’ll hear a teacher. Listen politely and you’ll hear a friend. Listen to the world, understand and consider, and the world will listen to you.

— Ralph Marston

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