Sunday, May 29, 2011

Being Heard

" Being heard is so close to being loved that,
for the average person,
 they are nearly indistinguishable. "
-- David Augsburger

Sometimes I have worthwhile perspectives and am able to communicate them effectively.  Other times I flounder in ways that make even well-developed thoughts inaccessible to others.  I am grateful for those who listen well, seeking understanding before concluding and certainly before responding.

I've been thinking for months about Augsburger's statement about being heard, and it still has weight.  To listen well is an act of grace.  It communicates that there is room for error, that one's value is inherent in his or her personhood and exists separate from merit.

I am immensely grateful for people in my life who listen well.

I am blessed.

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