A long time ago when I started coaching, I created a simple formula I called the Communication Formula. Step one was ‘listen till you no longer exist.’
Translated, listen until the multiple voices in your head stop. Those voices who argue, judge, seek to interject, want to be right, or liked.
Listen to the voice and soul of the other with an absolute desire to hear and understand what they are saying. To not throw your world view or opinion over theirs, but to see and understand the world through their eyes, their heart, their lived experience.
It is a simple thing, yet so very hard. We have to want, beyond ourselves, to hear and understand the other.
It is one of the most generous acts we can give.
To be heard, deeply and clearly heard by another, so rare. So precious. Cool water to a desiccated soul.
Photo Taken January 29th, 2019
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