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is a rare happening
among human beings.
You cannot listen to
the word another is speaking
if you are preoccupied with
your appearance or
with impressing the other
or if you are trying to decide
what you are going to say
when the other stops talking
or are debating about whether
what is being said is true
or relevant
or agreeable.
Such matters have their place
but only after listening to
the word as the word
is being uttered.
Listening is a primitive act of Love in which
a person gives himself to
another’s word
making himself accessible
and vulnerable to that word.

~ William Stringfellow


When people talk, listen completely.  Most people never listen.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

~ Leo Buscaglia

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

~ Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”

~ G.K. Chesterton


Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.”

~ Madeleine L’Engle, Swiftly Tilting Planet

The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.”

~ William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. (attr to J. Isham)”

~ Sura Hart, Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation



I wish you a day filled with the sounds of music to your Heart from gloriously filled notes to amazingly blessed stories! 

Listen with all your Heart,
To your Heart & From Your Heart,
Give the Gift of You, & Be the Present!

~ Right here, Right now ~
In This Very Moment!
~*~ ~*~

~ Lana A LaBonte