Are people always telling you to be silent? Do you often speak without thinking and end up regretting what you’ve said? Would you just feel as if there’s too much noise on your head and want to learn how to turn it away? The fantastic thing is that anybody at all may be quiet — it just takes time and patience. If you want to know how to be silent,…
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Have you ever felt that you are unheard?
Have you ever tried to express yourself but no one seems to be listening or paying attention?
Have you ever felt that you are talking to a wall?
Have you ever felt that you are screaming at the top of your lungs but everyone is simply busy doing what they are always doing and not paying the slightest attention to your screams?
If you answered yes to any of the questions here, I have some good news for you! You are human!
Yes, you are human. Humans seem have invented this idea of a “listening ear” as though we can actually genuinely sit there and listen to someone else and really understand what that person is feeling or going through. We say things like, “I just wanted to vent.” or “I was just letting out some laundry.” or anything else to say…
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By Emily Polston
We all say we’re listeners, but how much do we really listen to what’s being said around us? In my leadership class this past semester, we had an assignment to stay silent and listen to others the entire school day. My teachers signed off for those classes saying I was silent, but I don’t think I was as successful as they said I was. Yes, I was silent–but I wasn’t really listening to what was said around me. I just felt as if I was in my own little world. Honestly, I don’t think I took it as seriously as I could’ve. The assignment was very interesting to me but I LOVE to talk so it was more difficult than I thought it would be. I talked to Mrs. Wright and asked her why she thought it was so important that we are slow to speak and…
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Instead of asking my friends “how are you?”, I ask them “tell me a story.” This way, it eliminates a simple response of “fine” and starts hopefully a better conversation.