People talking without speaking. People listening without hearing. Paul Simon, The Sound of Silence.

Listening is the most powerful part of a relationship. Listening is what we value the most in other people. Listening is what turns other people into friends for life. Listening is much more powerful than talking. Talking is always overrated. If you don’t believe me, when was the last time you heard someone say, “Hey let’s ask Ben to come to the party with us. He talks all the time.”
Let me put down what the great writer Brenda Ueland once wrote about listening.

“I want to write about the great and powerful thing that listening is and how we forget it, and how we don’t listen to our children or those we love, and least of all, which is so important, to those we do not love. But we should, because listening is a magnetic and strange thing. A creative force. You can see that when you think of how the friends who really listen to us are the ones we move toward and we want to sit in their radius as though it did us good like sunshine. This is the reason. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life.”

So today, lets all be better listeners. So today, we will all be better off!