Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.
— Wilson Mizner
A good salesperson is usually a good listener. Being a good listener also helps in being a good parent or spouse, neighbor or friend. When we are truly able to hear what others are trying to say, we are better able to enter their world, and let them into ours.
Listening to the collective wisdom of others helps us gain understanding and perspective on the world around us. When it comes to recovery from a life-threatening illness like addiction, listening to others who are in recovery is like receiving a gift of ideas.
It is not always easy to listen, because it’s often our nature to want to be the center of attention. But listening is an art worth developing. It enriches our lives, improves our relationships, and helps us feel better about ourselves.
Today may I enrich my spiritual life by listening to others.
From the book:
Body, Mind, and Spirit © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation