Do you know anyone who is an excellent listener ? Such individuals are rare, and are generally treasured by others. Of the four main communication skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening, experts in language agree that excellent listening the most difficult skill to acquire.
What trains someone to become a careful listener ?
Skilled listeners are usually people who have been listened to carefully. The greatest gift we can give to our children, and grandchildren, is to listen to them attentively. I remember listening carefully to my child’s first words, and even though I was busy, as all young moms are, I took the time to listen carefully, even when my son asked hundreds of questions, and commented about so many things. When our children are secure in the knowledge that we listen carefully to them, they generally become good listeners themselves, and communication skills are facilitated.
Let us ask God for the grace to listen carefully to others. It is an act of great generosity.
It is also likely that as we become more skilled in listening to others, we will become more able to discern the quiet gentle voice of the Holy Spirit when He speaks to us.