I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.
Each Friday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.
I hope you will too.
A guilty conscience is a hidden enemy
– Indian proverb
Continuing on with the theme of listening again this week, is Ralph Nichols’ quote:
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.
The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”
– Ralph Nichols
Dr. Ralph Nichols was a major force in our understanding of the complexities of listening behavior and research in the “field of listening.” Do you think you are a good listener?
You will find ten questions here to see whether you are really listening or not.
One of those questions is:
Are you listening to understand, rather than listening to respond?
In a world of increasing conflicts, how often do you, in your own small corner of the world, really listen and value a speaker, their experience, the conversation or the message they are trying to convey?
Join in the discussion by leaving a comment here under.
Every second Monday, I post a photo of a ‘mystery’ location, and sometimes a mystery object. I invite you to leave a comment if you think you know the location, or what the mystery object might be.
If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog in a follow up post, when the answer is revealed. Comments will be released on the alternate Mondays, (Australian E.S.T.), so as not to spoil the fun for latecomers to each post.
The Mystery photo this week comes from Lorelle from the Travel and Cooking Blog, A Mindful Traveller.Many thanks to Lorelle for her fabulous contribution.
This Week’s Monday Mystery Photo
Can you guess the location?
Do you have a travel photo you would like featured on Monday Mystery? If so, please leave a comment or contact me here.
Last Time on Monday Mystery
The Monday Mystery photo, last time came from Amy P’s Blog, Tesserolo. Many thanks to Amy for the use of her photo which was from Burbank, California. It was not such a difficult destination to guess for some.
Here’s the list of bloggers who guessed correctly. Please note Gerard, I have gone with your first answer, which is more often correct, than your final answers. Interesting how you often doubt yourself when really you are right the first time!!
Proverbs and sayings provide us wise words from all corners of the world whose subtext is a moral lesson or statement.
Best savoured a little at a time, these sayings are often handed down from generation to generation.
Each Friday, I post a saying, or proverb and a quote that I find thought-provoking. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
An American Indian Proverb this week that seems self-explanatory: –
Every accomplishment begins with the decision to TRY. Therefore, must we also, at this point, decide to be brave?
Or does the desire to be thought of as brave come later?
There is little need for me to introduce the author of the quote, for this week. Perhaps you did not know that Ernest Hemingway talked about the FBI spying on him later in life. He was treated with electroshock.
It was later revealed that Hemingway was in fact watched, and Edgar Hoover had him placed under surveillance. Perhaps, in light of this, the following Hemingway quote is particularly apt.
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”
– Ernest Hemingway
What do you make of the quotes?
Do you find many people don’t listen fully to what is said?
What factors influence whether they listen or not?