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Robin Carlo: The Blessings of Listening

Listening well appears to be infectious…

“But the simple act of really listening to the people I encountered had a striking effect: God had filled my day with warm and caring people.”—Keith Miller, Daily Guideposts, February 17, 2010

Keith’s words echo my experience with “really listening.” Although I have far to go on my quest to be and stay attentive in conversation and interaction, the blessings of doing so have been consistently apparent.

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Listening well appears to be infectious; I find when I’m listening well I also feel listened to. Conversations have become richer and more productive. Instead of interrupting my work,  rich conversations have provided ideas and motivation leaving me energized and optimistic. Even when the conversations turn to topics of despair or sadness, the simple act of listening well has left me with the feeling of having provided at least an ear to the person in need.

—Robin Carlo

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