to say less and hear more

I want to be a person who says less and hears more.  Who hears people without instinctively attempting to explain their own words and thoughts to them.  Who doesn’t interrupt or assume or deconstruct.  Who lets people tell their own story and walk their own journey, who is content to simply walk it with them and maybe ask a few good questions along the way.  Who doesn’t sit waiting, quite impatiently I might add, for the opportunity to throw in my opinion.  Who is comfortable in the silence of “I don’t know.”  Who feels no uncontrollable compulsion to require or offer explanations.

I am, by both nature and raising, a little opinionated and a lot loud.  And sometimes the opinions and the volume cancel out the listening, the hearing, the understanding, the side-by-side companionship.

I want to be a person who says less and hears more.

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