Listen deeper. Can you hear them?
Be calm and focused for a moment and listen. Can you hear people? Listen past your own thoughts and the chatter of your mind. When you listen your mind tries to guess who they are. But guessing always references past experiences and prevents you from staying present and hearing something you haven’t heard before. Don’t guess, just listen. Listen deeper and hear who they are.
Can you hear their thoughts? Can you hear what they are listening to? Can you hear their worries and fears, their hurt and sorrow? Can you hear their broken hearts and forgotten dreams and all the love they lost?
Can you also hear their strength and courage, their passions and desires and their joy and laughter? Can you hear their plans and schemes and their hopes and dreams? Can you hear the love in their hearts that just wants to come out and shine on everyone?
Isn’t it fantastic? Isn’t it amazing? I could listen to them all day long.
People are a gift. Acknowledge and thank them. Let them know you are listening and can hear them. They will appreciate and be grateful to you because they want to know that you are listening. They want to be heard.