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Are You Listening or Merely Hearing?

Not that long ago two friends of mine ended their long relationship.

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When we let words wash over us without listening to them, we fail to understand their meaning.

She eagerly wanted commitment, talked with him about it often, and tried countless ways to impose it upon him. He zealously did not want commitment, openly said so, and consistently maintained his own ways. After several years, she finally listened to him.

The late leadership authority Dr. Stephen Covey cautioned that, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”  Continue reading

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