I recently finished reading the book Twenty-Two Letters, recommended and lended to me by a close friend – and boy, was it an eye-opener!
The stories were inspiring, because I often found myself imagining what it would be like if I were in any of the situations described. This led to a deeper understanding – then appreciation for the characters in the book, which reminded me of why listening to others is not just important, but necessary.
Everyone has a story of their own and one of the most valuable life lessons that I have learned so far is the act of simply listening – without the intent of replying but understanding.
Sounds simple, yet the digital-first society that we live in has made the very act of listening seem like a time-consuming and unrealistic task.
However, I think mindfully listening is one of the best skills that anyone can possess.
You will never agree with what everyone has to say – that’s human nature – but by taking the time to hear their side, their story and their reasonings you might just surprise yourself with a more observant mind, better patience and heightened gratitude.