Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The art of listening

What does it take to listen?
It has been my experience that few people give their full attention in conversation.
Is it a symptom of our society's increasing "me first" mentality, our too busy lifestyles or just typical human selfishness that has existed since the day that piece of fruit was consumed?

I am referring to the art of listening to someone as they speak in conversation. 
Perhaps its a friend or acquaintance that just needs an ear to which to vent about something.
Perhaps its a dialog with both parties contributing.

I have been in groups and/or business type meetings where seemingly everyone feels the need to express their thoughts, with everyone talking over everyone else.  Any meaningful input soon becomes lost in the din of noise, like so many whirring tires on a busy highway.  In those times, I sit back, observing, listening, perhaps catching a salient point.  But usually the result is a whole lot of words get spoken, with almost none of them worth the air to express them.

So, do you listen when engaged in conversation? Or do you semi-listen, thinking of what you're going to say next?

Friday, September 11, 2015

A day of remembrance

I won't opine too much on this topic, as there is no shortage of commentary for the tragic events marked by today's date.
A staggering thought that was relayed by a fire dept.  instructor was that the amount of equipment and emergency personnel that was lost in NYC alone equated to ALL the fire equipment and one complete shift of Baltimore City.
When I watched the towers drop, I knew there would be great loss.  I just didn't know at the time just how much.