A valuable gift
The gentle art of listening is a magnificent gift that we can give to others and ourselves. When we listen to others, we show that what they have to say is worthwhile. Therefore, we instill in them self-worth and confidence. Even if what they have to say doesnt help us, it will help them, for as flowers unfold and mature when placed in the sun, people blossom and grow when exposed to a listening ear.
The benefit to us is equally important; after all, how can we learn unless we listen? Thats why Zeno of Citium said, more than 2,000 years ago, The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen the more and talk the less. The reward for listening, then, is wisdom.
When listening to good friends, we may be exposed to knowledge, inspiration, and sound advice. For this reason Henry J. Kaiser said, I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about someth