Being a good listener takes patience, self-control
By Annettee Budzban
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“And all the people listened attentively. — Nehemiah 8:3 (NIV)
I was in the middle of a phone conversation with a friend when I found my mind drifting off, thinking about the many things I had to do.I’m not sure how many seconds had passed when I realized I’d hardly heard a thing she said.I was brought back into the conversation when she questioned, “Don’t you agree?”
My mind raced for the right response. What would I say to her, “ Uh, sure.”
I figured I’d better respond in truth and ask her to repeat what she had just told me. After all, she may have said something vitally important and it was my responsibility to listen.
Have you ever been caught in an embarrassing encounter like that?
Comment of Pukirahe
In solving problems of life, we need to listen to the opinions
of all other colleagues in our consultations. If each one among us is not
listening well, how the conclusion can be considered as collective result?
Wise counsel of our time is that law should govern
and not the individual; so it becomes more important that members of
various institutions need to humbly listen to one another lovingly and
respectfully. How and where is the training for this essential skill?
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“Sincerity is the foundation-stone of faith. That is, a religious individual must disregard his personal desires and seek in whatever way he can wholeheartedly to serve the public interest; and it is impossible for a human being to turn aside from his own selfish advantages and sacrifice his own good for the good of the community except through true religious faith. For self-love is kneaded into the very clay of man, and it is not possible that, without any hope of a substantial reward, he should neglect his own present material good. That individual, however, who puts his faith in God and believes in the words of God — because he is promised and certain of a plentiful reward in the next life, and because worldly benefits as compared to the abiding joy and glory of future planes of existence are nothing to him — will for the sake of God abandon his own peace and profit and will freely consecrate his heart and soul to the common good.” (Abdu’l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 96)
God listens to us
While we listen to self-love
Is this good for man?
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