"We have two ears and one mouth
so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
~ Epictetus, Greek philosopher
Isn't that a great quote? Especially since, let's face it, we're pretty lousy listeners most of the time.
I heard a radio interview with a retired minister who had volunteered to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. The interviewer asked how he and the other volunteers helped. "What we do,' he answered, "is take the time to listen and be present."
It sounds pretty simple but listening and being present is a tall order for many of us. We may hear but how often are we truly listening? Being a good listener is a skill; like any skill, it takes practice.