This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein.
When my daughter Lenna was little, she’d crawl up in my lap and talk while I was trying to watch TV.
But I confess: she hardly had my undivided attention.
I was trying to relax! Couldn’t I just watch my golf or favorite show in peace? I’d only half listen to her incessant babble and she knew it.
Lenna would get so irritated with me because she knew I wasn’t really tuned in – and she wanted my FULL attention.
So she’d grab my cheeks with both of her hands, turn my head in her direction, look me in the eye, and say loudly:
“Look at me Daddy! Look at me!”
In other words, turn your face and your attention in my direction. As if to say, “I know you hear me, but you’re not really listening to me.”
Listening is not the same as hearing and in order to listen effectively each one of us needs to use more than just our ears.
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