Musin’ with Susan 5/12/20
“Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.” Stephen Covey
Something I know is that intention is everything. Not like, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” but like if I center myself and approach whatever I do with a good intention, it’s more likely that even if I make a mistake, I don’t cause much harm.
I do frequently practice knowing my intention.
Where I don’t think about having that practice very often is in conversations. Like a lot of people, as I listen, I think about what I want to say next. I interrupt so I CAN say what I want to say next! That’s not listening with the intent to understand. That’s thinking I already know what the other person is talking about and whatever I have to say is in some way going to add to what that person thinks.
It’s a bad habit. And honestly, I think it’s one I developed just living with my birth family. We all seem to do that.
So maybe today I can be more attentive when I listen. Maybe I can listen with intention.