Friday, July 24, 2009

Listening Well

"With the frantic pace of many of our lives,
superb listening skills are quite rare
and more essential than ever before."
- Beach -

I don't know about you, but I've found that a good listener is as rare as hen's teeth. Most people are quite preoccupied with the jumble of thoughts racing through their own heads. These folks are planning a response long before you're finishing your sentence.

It's disappointing, isn't it ... not to feel significant, heard, valued ...

One of the most priceless gifts that a good counselor offers is the ability to sit quietly. To listen intently. To provide a safe haven where people are free to speak what's most true about themselves. To put aside any agendas. To toss pat answers. To perceive what's not being said in the midst of the torrent of words.

And to wisely discern what's happening in the heart that prompted the conversation in the first place. Because Jesus reminds us that "out of the overflow of heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34).

Listening well is an art. It's an essential skill that needs to be cultivated. Especially for those who lead. In the home, church, and workplace. Not just in the counseling office.

Musing ~ Linda

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