"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." — Robert Frost
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During a rest hiking trip I stopped to enjoy a lookout near the top of a mountain and when I did I became abundantly aware of the beautiful songs being sung by the countless chirping birds. It felt like I had just stumbled into a symphony!
It occurred to me that these birds had been singing the whole time, but I had been too distracted by the hike to notice. It made me wonder what else I've been missing, because I've been too distracted by the process that I forget what's really most important.
Whether we're talking with a friend, standing in nature, or sitting quietly alone, when we take time to sincerely listen, we give ourselves and the people we influence the gift of our full attention, opening the door to genuine communication, understanding, and empathy.
Can you hear the symphony that's all around you? What does it sound like? What is it telling you?
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.