I know it sounds strange, but take a second and digest everything around you. If you are talking to someone, focus on them. Do not try to give input, do not try to talk over them, and just listen. Enjoy the sounds around you; enjoy hearing someone else’s opinion. We tend to live in our heads, tend to think we are right, and tend to think that our thoughts are the only ones that matter. The question is, how can you learn if you are not willing to listen?
We rush around in our everyday life and what we tend to hear what sounds like the words coming out of Charlie Brown’s teacher’s mouth. Blah, Blah, Blah. Why does what someone else say matter? We have so many other responsibilities, so many other aspects of our lives that are more important…right? Wrong. As we start to live in our head, we lose touch with reality. We become separated from our peers and grow distant. In order to grow, we need each other. In order to learn, we need each other. In order to prosper, we need each other.
So, during your next conversation take a second and just stop. Stop living in your head and make eye contact with the person you are talking to. Take out your headphones, get out of your head, and take a deep breath.
Unplug, unclog, and try to understand. It won’t kill you, I promise.