Listening...we all want to be heard. When we talk, we want someone to hear what we say, to really hear it, to hear our heart not just our words. Do you take time to really listen? Do you put aside everything you are busy with, the TV, your phone, your computer/iPad, iPod, household chores, whatever else has your attention to really listen to the loved ones in your life? Do they feel like you care and are giving them the gift of your time, your attention, to really listen, to really hear them?
Give the gift of listening...engaged listening. Listening is an active process involving far more than the ears, it also involves the eyes, heart, and your undivided attention. Take time to hear with your ears, observe with your eyes, and seek to understand others from your heart. Look around you. Who can you give this most precious gift to today?