Listen with your heart, not ears : We often make this mistake of not giving a patient ear to the person sharing his/her thoughts. Harsh truth, but when someone is talking about his/her worries/experiences, we would be thinking of what to reply instead of actually listening completely to them. If we just try and listen to them with full attention, maybe the conversation could turn into an enriching and memorable one, which we can remember for a fairly long time.
- Don’t tell, but ask : Who doesn’t like giving out advice to everyone and anyone who come to them? The person might have just come to share his/her thoughts, but we are all ready with our list of advices to throw up. Instead, wouldn’t it be great if we ask them what it is that’s troubling them and gently coerce them to talk what’s in their heart? Most of the times, all people need is someone who will listen to them, and not to seek advice.
- Your words define what you are as a person : This one is slightly different from what was told in the talk. But I found it apt to add this in. Think for a moment, would you like a person who talks politely, or a person whose dictionary is filled with rude words? Of course, you’ll develop an instant liking towards the polite person. That’s what it’s all about! By making a conscious habit of talking politely, and choosing your words prudently, you’ll be surprised at all the respect you receive from others.
- Apologise when you commit a mistake : It’s a challenging task to apologise when you make a mistake. Yet, it will do wonders if you do apologise. A simple “sorry” is all that it takes to mend your ways. This is one of my favourite quotes of all time: “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.” How true is that! Sometimes we snap at people just because of something that’s worrying us at that moment, only to regret it after we’ve cooled down. That moment, my friends, is the right moment to apologise and accept that we were wrong.
These life lessons I’ve learnt from a simple 10-minute talk will be something I will cherish and preserve in my heart. I hope it will be the same to you too!
That’s all for this post!
Until the next time, stay blessed.
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