God gave us 2 ears for a reason – to listen twice as much as we talk.
I sat in a meeting recently that was getting long and my patience was growing thin. At that point a topic was raised and the listening stopped. There they were, 2 people arguing over this topic and at one point, it got pretty heated as far as the meeting goes.
So what? Valid question. THEY WERE ARGUING 2 DIFFERENT POINTS! Both had very valid points but not the one we were discussing.
This wore my patience out but unfortunately for me, I was now trapped in this meeting thay was going backwards by the second all because one person did not listen to what was said inhe first place. It was absolutely ludicrous having to sit there and listen to a growing volume of voices and not being able to do anything. I would have stood up and said something except the tension was at such a point that it would not have been surprising to been shouted at.
We were given ears to listen but unfortunately, we don’t always use them to their full capacity. Too many relationships have been completely tuined because one or both parties would not listen to the other before talking.
Listen first to understand and not wait your turn to talk.