Feb. 7 – Daily Reflection
February 7, 2013
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
– Epictetus, philosopher
What nature teaches us about silence
Too often we speak before we think and do not listen nearly as much as would benefit us. Today, examine situations where you might learn something by listening instead of talking. Some people can be challenging to relate to–a nosy mother-in-law, overbearing boss or co-worker, or simply your child wanting your attention. Instead of justifying your feelings or explaining your point of view, use effective yet concise words and then wait for a reply. Good leaders are always marked by being good listeners. When a friend needs to talk, resist the urge to give advice right away and just listen. We have an obligation to tame our tongues and give people the courtesy of being an attentive and engaged listener. Wouldn’t you want the same respect? Everyone deserves to be heard. Give that thoughtfulness to someone this week.