When was the last time you listened to the stories of others?”

—Question put to the sick by a native American medicine man

Image from Unsplash by Brett Jordan

I love the idea that when you listen to others you honor them. I also value that we learn most of life’s lessons when our ears and hearts are opened and our mouths are closed.

How much have you learned in the past year by listening to the stories of others?
How fully did you honor their efforts and courage to distill their nuggets of wisdom?
What opportunities did you miss by focusing on your stories and the desire to be interesting versus interested?


Take a few extra minutes today to listen more deeply and carefully to the stories of others in your personal or professional communities. Please reply to this post with a lesson you learned or how your relationship was enhanced.