Can you and will you listen to me?
Listening is spiritual hospitality. True listening is one of the hardest skills to master. It is a learned skill than when practiced leads one to greatness.
1. To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations.
2. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, to welcome, to accept.
3. Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond.
4. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings.
5. The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves.
6. Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.
7. Listening is one of the keys to acquire knowledge. Apply the knowledge acquired through listening and become wise.
Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)