I’ve left plenty of conversations feeling misunderstood and hurt because the person I was talking to didn’t listen. Instead,
they pushed their agenda,
they gave their opinion,
they promoted their method,
and they told me what I should do
I left those conversations with walls up, instead of with a deeper connection.
I think part of the issue is, we live in a loud culture. The volume of social media and other news outlets, makes it very difficult to hear our own thoughts. We often get caught up in the currents of proving, debating, and promoting what we believe, so much so that it weakens our ability to listen.
We often forget an important thread that connects us within relationships: listening.