The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.
~ Ralph G. Nichols
Something to think about…
Our experiences educate us to help show each other the way. Others’ experiences, likewise, will help still others. We need to share our histories. There is no greater honor we can give one another than rapt attention. We each want to be heard, to be special, to be acknowledged. And recognition may well be the balm that will heal someone’s hurt today.
A new day faces us, a day filled with opportunities to really listen to someone who needs to be heard. And the surprise is that we will hear a message just right for us, where we are now. A message that may well point us in a new, better direction. Guidance is always at hand, if only we listen for it. But when we are trapped in our own narrow world of problems and confusion, we scramble whatever messages are trying to reach us. And we miss the many opportunities to make another person feel special and necessary to our lives.
Source (modified): Each Day a New Beginning | Hazelden Meditations