Monday, September 7, 2015

To Listen More Than I Speak

If you make listening and observation your occupation
you will gain much more than you can by talk.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell

One of the distinguishing traits of a lady is that she has learned to listen well, and to listen more than she speaks.

A lady is not concerned with being brilliant, witty, or funny in conversation, but in carefully hearing what the other person is saying.  She quietly observes, listens, and asks questions, always with a sensitivity to others' feelings and a desire to learn from what she hears and observes.  She never volunteers advice without being asked for her opinion, and never interrupts when someone else is speaking.

Principle:  A lady listens more than she speaks.

Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
The Bible - James 1:19

Art: The Conversation, Mary Cassatt, 1914

9 comments:

  1. Just found your blog via Charming the Birds from the Trees. Added you to my feed reader and hope to see more here! lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, for the sweet encouragement!

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  2. A couple years ago my word for the year was quiet or silent....the next year it was listen, and I made the discovery that silent and listen have the same letters and that one is necessary for the other...

    loving your blog!

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    1. Thank you, Jill! What a great observation! What is your word for this year?

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    2. Ah! that is such a powerful one. I will be writing about this before the holiday season, but you are wise to be holding onto it the whole year through!

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  3. What a lovely blog. I really enjoy your style of writing. I only read bloggers who I enjoy the style of writing, and I have found even similar topic blogs do not appeal to me if the writing style isn't my taste (which is only that, my personal taste). But anyway, I really enjoy your style and I also have to complement your profile photo. You look like Jackie Kennedy. I will visit again often! Hugs, Jennifer

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  4. Thank you very much, Jennifer! I'm so happy to hear from you.

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  5. EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT MESSAGE. Thank you so much.

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