I have become more aware over the past several years that listening seems to be a dying art. And taking the time to enjoy the moment is not a high priority for most people.
As someone who has a little difficulty with pronunciation and at times the ability to maintain clear speech, I value someone who has the time to listen.
And, in turn, I recognise the importance of listening carefully and patiently. Almost every day at work I interact with someone that has challenges when expressing themselves – whether through speech, NZSL or a communication device. And I feel it is respectful and courteous to be patient and take the time to listen – and understand – correctly.
When people don’t listen or clearly choose not to take the time to listen, it is frustrating. And personally I find it disrespectful.
An interesting experiment took place in 2007 which demonstrates my point quite nicely.
At 7:51 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2007, the middle of the morning rush hour in a Washington subway, Joshua Bell American Grammy Award-winning violinist, performed six classical pieces, in 43 minutes. 1,097 people passed by. Almost all of them were on the way to work.
Find out what happened here.
And watch what happened here: http://youtu.be/_xq5ZM7r6AU
And, in the series of televion advertisements by depression.org.nz John Kirwan uses phrases like …
“Too busy being busy…”, “Enjoy the little things…”, “actively relaxing…”
Check out one of the ad’s here: http://youtu.be/39LU31RgFfA
So I wonder, is the world getting too busy to take the time to stop and listen?
What are we missing?
Who are missing out on?
Do we take the time to listen?
Do we know how to slow down and enjoy life?
Have you taken the time to slow down and enjoy the moment, or listen carefully lately?