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…

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…

Who is Listening?

  “One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.” Thor Heyerdahl When I was a teenager, I read the story of the Kon-Tiki expedition at one sitting, finishing in…