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