The Journey into Silence

“Silence is a source of great strength.” Lao Tzu   This month, I am following my dear friends, The World According to Dina, Leaping Tracks and Silkannthreades into silence. For most of us, this is entering unfamiliar territory. We have become accustomed to sound, whether it be the soothing lilt of music, the white noise…

Listening is a Creative Force

“Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.”  ― Madeleine L’Engle, Swiftly Tilting Planet Karl A Menninger, psychiatrist, once said, “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.  The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward.  When we are listened to, it…

Listening to the Question

“We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.”  Max De Pree, Businessman and Writer How many questions will you be asking today? I confess I have no idea. My “educated” guess would be in the hundreds, beginning on Monday morning when I ask, “Where did the…

Listening to Learn

“Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person.  In other words, to learn from the child, we much have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.” Alice Miller, Polish Psychologist and World Renowned Author   The study of language begins before we utter…

Don’t be boring…

“Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.” Ambrose Bierce – Editor, Journalist, Writer A few years ago, I watched a self-help video on how to “network’ a room and become an “influencer.” By following a few simple steps, I could be someone others would consider worthy of befriending.  There were…

I was listening, but…

“Just because I didn’t do what you told me, doesn’t mean I wasn’t listening to you!” Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist who created Dennis the Menace We think that when people listen, they agree. When someone nods in understanding, we assume it means consensus.  We may prefer harmony in our dialogues for it brings a sensation of well-being, but disagreements are the…