Use your ears as well as your mouthCould my wife have been thinking about me when she handed me this poem? A wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard.
By: Bernie Hughes, Superior Telegram
Could my wife have been thinking about me when she handed me this poem?
A wise old owl sat in an oak.
The more he saw, the less he spoke.
The less he spoke, the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
I was thinking about another subject for the aging column but then decided why not this?
We all know you can’t talk all the time and learn new and important information too. But even though we know it, sometimes we are so involved and enthralled by a particular subject that we don’t give others a chance other than to listen. So, in that sense, the poem and the idea is worthy of analysis. Many of us could, and should, practice being good listeners. It really is more than common courtesy, although that is extremely important too.
On the other hand, in a democracy like ours, people have to speak out as well as gather information. The democratic process involves sharing of ideas so that when the votes are to be cast, we have a modicum of competing information. That mode can and does get over extended too as we’ve seen lately with the signs carried by a variety of protest groups.
When we are thoughtful, we try to meet that so called, “happy medium,” which requires listening and speaking. That could be an effort in futility or provide some helpful hints for those most verbose individuals. That would, hopefully, be a topic for another column. We’ll touch it only briefly here.
I’ve been reading more of late about listening becoming a rare commodity. Cell phones have been cited as a harassing interference; texting even worse. And so listening has been slipping out of style in too many cases. Could we bring it back? Do we want to bring it back?
What would we have to do? Could we outlaw cell phones or mandate that they be turned off in all group situations? Would that be more difficult than outlawing guns?
What is being said about the topic of listening?
Unfortunately, a good listener is one who can give you their full attention without hearing a single word you said.
One way to be popular is to listen attentively to a lot of things you already know.
Always listen to the opinions of others. It may not do you much good but it will them.
Take a tip from nature; your ears aren’t made to shut, but your mouth is.