Listening is Holy Ground

Be still and know that I am God. ~ Psalm 46:10


The most important things are the hardest to say.
They are the things you get ashamed of,
because words diminish them —
words shrink things that seemed limitless
when they were in your head
to no more than living size when they’re brought out.
But it’s more than that, isn’t it?
The most important things lie too close
to wherever your secret heart is buried,
like landmarks to a treasure
your enemies would love to steal away.
And you may make revelations
that cost you dearly
only to have people look at you in a funny way,
not understanding what you’ve said at all,
or why you thought it was so important
that you almost cried while you were saying it.
That’s the worst, I think.
When the secret stays locked within
not for want of a teller
but for want of an understanding ear.
~ Stephen King

Somewhere we know that without silence
words lose their meaning,
that without listening
speaking no longer heals,
that without distance
closeness cannot cure.

~ Henri Nouwen

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

~ Leo Buscaglia


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