Listen. Do not have an opinion while you listen because frankly, your opinion doesn’t hold much water outside of Your Universe. Just listen. Listen until their brain has been twisted like a dripping towel and what they have to say is all over the floor.” – Hugh Elliott
Have you ever had one of those moments at work when you think, “Man, I’ve been talking a lot here. I should really hush up in case someone is getting sick of me talking.”?
I’ve had a few of those moments lately. I’ve been working on a project by myself for a couple of months and now that I’m part of a new team, it’s like my thoughts are a dog ready to escape its kennel and jump all over the first willing visitor who comes by. I mentioned this to my boss who told me that his dad used to tell him, “If you keep your mouth shut, you’ll end up knowing what you know… and what they know.” I like that.
The Bible has quite a bit to say about listening. James says that everyone should be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (Jas 1:19). It’s true, when I listen more I tend to feel calmer and act more rationally, which is a good thing at work. Proverbs 10:19 reads, “Too much talking leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”
Okay, okay God. I hear ya.
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