I sit across the table from a precious friend. There’s hot coffee in hand and a moment to be honest and real.
The distractions are plentiful.
The music overhead captures my attention. The couple sitting across from us seems to be in deep conversation and my mind begins to wonder about them. I can hear my friend, but my mind is having a hard time centering on her words.
I try to pull my attention back to my moment. I want to be in this moment.
And then my phone vibrates. Another distraction to keep me from truly listening and savoring this moment.
I remember 3 keys to help me listen.
1. Tune out distractions.
2. Look her in the eyes.
3. Don’t just listen, but hear.
I quietly put my cell phone away and engage her eyes. This is a moment I don’t want to let slip by as we aren’t able to get together as often these days. I begin to concentrate on her words to truly hear the heart behind what she is saying.
As I leave uplifted from our beautiful conversation, I wonder where this lost art of listening went.
To listen is more than hearing.
It is to understand the heart-felt meaning behind the words that come in inaudible ways.
Do you have a hard time listening or focusing on the conversation right in front of you?
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