Mix up the letters of one and you get the other. I think that's a brilliantly beautiful thing.
In today's society I think we often try to form a response to someone while they're still talking. We live in a fast paced world and each of those seconds counts.. right? I'm not so sure.
I actually think I'm in the process of learning how to be a better listener. Learning how to stop myself when I'm doing that.. in favor of just sitting there taking in what people are saying. Observing. Not making judgment. Just listening.
I've found that doing this is helping me to better understand people that I disagree with. Better see things from a different view. It's helped to make me more present and to better respond in the end.
A friend of mine in the past has discussed the art of listening without anger... and I think that comes into play as well. You are silent and just intake information. You feel their emotion and you can get somewhere. You can hear them. You can become more aware of what their words (not their own emotions) makes you feel.
I'm bringing this up, because I think learning to listen is something I need to work on and something that's important for people that can easily shut themselves off from the discussion and from emotions.