Have you ever felt like you were too busy to really hear the people around you? Like when you’re trying to cook supper and you have three different pots on the stove that you need to stir while also cuting veggies and you have somone trying to tell you about their day. You listen but your also listening to the pots boil and the slicing of the veggies. You might say “that’s good” or “uh-huh”. While not really listening to what that person is saying. You’re just focused on getting supper made.
The problem with this is how the other person feels. They were trying to share with you their life and you were too busy to accept it. I am horrible at that. I really try to listen, but my mind is all over the place. I don’t know how many times someone has tried to talk to me while I was cooking but I didn’t have time to listen. I was to busy preparing a meal for my family. I have missed out on a lot of great content. Conversations I will never get back. We could of ate 10 minutes later and it wouldn’t of been a problem if I would of just turned down the stove and listened. If I would of just made them a priority.
To listen to someone, is to tell them they are important. That their life, their day, their situation matters. If you listen to them you are loving them and caring for them. Share your time with your loved ones. Turn down the stove, shut off the vacuum, turn the game off. Open up your ears and let their life into your life.