Choosing to listen actively to someone, looking them squarely in the eyes, and purposely remembering the major points may take more than the 15 seconds that defines the attention span of the average adult, but will add value and honor and dignity to the person with whom you are interacting.
Note the tangible characteristics of wise people: They are slow to talk. They are quick to listen. They are always thinking. They evaluate every message. Their response is measured and thoughtful. They are wordsmiths; they do not waste words. They do not talk to be heard. They do not speak to impress. They use words when absolutely necessary. They use words to reveal knowledge. They use words to elevate understanding. Their primary goal is to be understood. Their secondary goal is to share information.
Kindness can take on many forms. For example, when communicating, your tone may speak more about you than your words. Have you ever been scolded by a superior, who used firm words but a kind tone? Conversely, have you ever been ridiculed by someone who may have used appropriate language but whose tone was demeaning and discouraging? Choosing to speak in a kind tone has the power to turn away wrath, change a mood, even transform a relationship.
Son, there will always be people in life who rub you the wrong way. Some you will work with, others you will work for. Make every effort to respect them. Make every effort to learn something from them. Son, sometimes you have to just stand. Sometimes you have to just hold firm—knowing that you will get through whatever it is.
If you ask to help, chances are you are the only one who will be blessed! People tend to express their gratitude, and politely decline your offer. But you'll feel good for asking! However, when you see a need and fulfill it, then the individual is surprised, thrilled, awed, and blessed beyond measure.
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