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The art of listening!

 

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

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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?

 

 

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63 comments on “The art of listening!

  1. boundlessblessingsblog
    July 15, 2019

    Yes I completely agree with you, Radhika and the art of listening has become completely bleak and almost lost. The moment you speak the other person thinks the opposite and then there is mayhem. Lovely poem and picture.

    Liked by 5 people

  2. DeepikasRamblings
    July 15, 2019

    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..

    Liked by 4 people

    • radhikasreflection
      July 15, 2019

      Haha! Yeah that is so true Deepika! Amazed at how we are surrendering our senses to the virtual world so easily.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. DeepikasRamblings
    July 15, 2019

    *Not communicating effect tively *

    Like

  4. Saania2806
    July 15, 2019

    I completely agree!

    Liked by 4 people

  5. DeepikasRamblings
    July 15, 2019

    Effectively 😀😀

    Like

  6. positivesideofcoin
    July 15, 2019

    Completely agree👍

    Liked by 2 people

  7. ESP
    July 15, 2019

    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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    • radhikasreflection
      July 15, 2019

      Oh! absolutely ESP….Mr. Google knows it all…..and has sabotaged all ears to himself 😀.
      And yes….the adrenaline pumped up high on yesterday’s double cliffhangers 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  8. iScriblr
    July 15, 2019

    So true! You’ve said it all!

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Sakshi
    July 15, 2019

    Absolutely. …… sometimes all people need is an ear to get healed

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Annika Perry
    July 15, 2019

    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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    • radhikasreflection
      July 15, 2019

      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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      • Annika Perry
        July 16, 2019

        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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      • radhikasreflection
        July 16, 2019

        I think the constant use of mobiles also impairs the hearing ability.

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Megala
    July 15, 2019

    So true! I like the comparison of ears with ornaments.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. syncwithdeep
    July 15, 2019

    U hit the nail hard..

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Moushmi Radhanpara
    July 15, 2019

    I know it feels as if everyone is listening to just talk back!
    “Ornamental ears” is true indeed!

    Liked by 4 people

  14. Kunal Thakore
    July 15, 2019

    True, we hear but seldom listen! Excellent piece!

    Liked by 4 people

  15. priya singh
    July 15, 2019

    😍So nice , I am one of them who never sit to listen .

    Liked by 2 people

  16. thelonelyauthorblog
    July 15, 2019

    Good one. People may be listening but are they hearing

    Liked by 3 people

  17. P.S. Shefali
    July 15, 2019

    loved your choice of words to describe this post … surely the art of written words will put across the point, if not listening… 🙂👍

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Megha's World
    July 15, 2019

    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.

    Liked by 4 people

  19. Indira
    July 15, 2019

    Haven’t you noticed, it is the near and dear ones, who are not getting a patient hearing….😞

    Liked by 4 people

  20. Akhila
    July 15, 2019

    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

    Liked by 3 people

    • radhikasreflection
      July 15, 2019

      Yes it’s such a pleasure to converse when everyone is totally a part of it. Thanks Akhila. Nice to see you here!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Kranti
    July 15, 2019

    So true! Completely agree, dear!!

    Liked by 3 people

  22. Shantanu Baruah
    July 16, 2019

    I absolutely agree with you – patience​ has deformed into aggression

    Liked by 2 people

  23. positivitymonger
    July 16, 2019

    Beautiful post and a lovely blog. I wrote a similar post. Would love if you could review that. ❤️🌸
    https://positivitymonger.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/someone-to-listen/

    Liked by 3 people

  24. adeosunezeal
    July 17, 2019

    True… I totally agree.

    Liked by 3 people

    • radhikasreflection
      July 17, 2019

      Thanks 🙂

      Like

      • adeosunezeal
        July 17, 2019

        Our hurt has made us insensitive.. Most times its a battle for particularly extroverts i think

        Liked by 1 person

  25. Infinite Living
    July 19, 2019

    I like how you describe the ears seem to have become ornamental piece 🙂 I agree, listening is a skill, I too am continually learning.

    Liked by 3 people

    • radhikasreflection
      July 20, 2019

      Thanks Pragalbha. Gone are those days when people gave you a patient hearing however trivial the issue may have been. Now they seem always busy to give you an ear.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. vidur sahdev
    July 20, 2019

    Very true, Radhika! 👍

    Liked by 3 people

  27. So true and so well said Radhika

    Liked by 2 people

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    August 1, 2019

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