The art of listening!


Sculpture, Bronze, The Listening, Listen To, To Listen

Conversations flow

tongues wag

soft whispers

loud banters

everyone is busy

exercising their mouth

but who is listening?

Ears seem to be

an ornamental piece

in the face….

It seems to have

forgotten its function,

the art of listening!

Today, if you have noticed people always want their voice to be heard, but lack the patience to listen. Effective or active listening like other precious traits is becoming a rarity.  They ask a question and do not have the willingness or the ear to hear you out.

Parents don’t give a conscious ear to their child’s small talks, as their phones keep them busy,  the husband is busy watching an interesting match to lend a patient hearing to his wife, the colleague is busy working on a presentation when you speak, friends cut you through as you talk….. am sure many of you can relate to these scenarios.

Today, the art of actively listening is becoming a lost virtue. Do you agree?




63 thoughts on “The art of listening!”

  1. Very true and completely agree. The distractions caused by electronic media in addition to a busy lifestyle adds to communicating effectively. Sadly listening happens better by emedia as we are attuned to hearing the beeps of notifications rather than our child’s plea..

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  2. Seems like this is inspired by the super Sunday matches. But you are right, with Google at fingertips we downplay listening to others for we believe that if there is anything worthwhile that can be imparted by the speaker is already available on the internet. Except when we speak, or write, we forget Google and believe we have something to say that is worth our listeners’ Google time.

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  3. Radhika, I’m smiling at your words of
    ‘Ears seem to be
    an ornamental piece’.

    This does indeed seem to often be the case, alas! Particularly with parents with young children and this is such a loss to both parties … when my son was very young I talked to him non-stop, even when out in the prom. No doubt some saw me as a bit over the top, but it wasn’t long before we had long chats, which we still do! Here’s to everyone realising ears are for listening – a gift not afforded to all. Xx

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    1. Well said Annika. A listening ear to their banters and small talk goes a long way in fostering a great bond. I am glad you continue to have chats with your son which so rare today in many families.
      This generation of parents sadly undermine the impact of not providing a listening ear to their children.
      Your concluding line of the comment is so very true!! ❤️

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      1. I know quite a few people with total sudden hearing loss in one hear (stroke or viral infection) and it is devastating. Though the other ear is okay, the rushing/crashing sound in the damaged ear is relentless and causes even more problems with hearing. Not easy.

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  4. What’s not to agree about it.The constant buzzing of the phone have taken away the basic sense in the human beings to enjoy the life happening around them.
    They only appreciate the days which they pay for aka the vacation.

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  5. I love those who stay on conversation. So I always try to do the same.. And of course I respect those who tell it straight if busy instead of making the one sided talk.. you have a great point there radhika

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