Didja know March is Universal Listening Awareness Month? Who would’ve thought we needed a whole, entire month to listen to what other people are saying around us. Who knew?
In Mastering Your Interpersonal Skills, listening is a must in any business oriented situation. It doesn’t help if you tune out your boss or peer at the wrong time. Like listening to directions. Like spotting a mistake in your numbers. Like not doing what you’re suppose to be doing between the hours of 9 to 5.
It all boils down to the fact that we’re an impatient bunch of folks these days. The Millennials don’t want to wait for the results. The Boomers are always waiting for something, and the rest in between are hurry up and wait.
However, I know that allot of problems could be alleviated if people would actually listen to the spoken word. Not what they thought they heard. Not what they wanted to hear. But, what was said. How it was said. And whether the person who said it really meant it.
Take the 2016 election. Okay, bad example, I’ll admit. However, take the candidates at their word. What are they saying — exactly?
With Mr. Trump, it’s lies, innuendos, and rumors abroad. The joke has become stale. We know which groups he mistrusts, notice I didn’t say dislike. Like and hate are almost the same in some countries. We’ll stay away from that, shall we?
What I don’t hear from Mr. Trump is solid, concrete ideas of how he intends to make America great for everyone! Not just for his cronies. Not just for the people who support him. But, for the rest of us who are still silent.
As for Mr. Cruz and Mr. Rubico, I know what they stand for, but what do they stand for the rest of the country besides their cronies, supporters, and contributors.
For the Democrats, there’s the rub. I know what Mr. Sanders wants to know. But no matter how hard I’ve listened, I haven’t heard him explain in detail how he’s going to pay for all of this greatness he wants to spread around our country, not to mention the rest of the world.
As for Ms. Clinton, again, my ears are straining to hear what details she plans on giving so that I can distinguish between her white noise and the rest of the white noise out there.
Listening to what people have to say is very important, almost life threatening. Demigods plan on the populace only listening to what their voice tells them to listen to, not to reason or logistics.
So, for this Universal Month of Listening Awareness to work, I want everyone to strain their ears and LISTEN IN to what’s being spoken around them, and then compare notes. If nine out of ten people agree that this was said, then there’s universal hope.
But if no two people heard the same thing, we’re in big trouble, my friends!