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The Rewards of Listening (a.k.a. Your Shoes Are Ready, Mr. Abernathay)

Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Monday

Savvy Article #0904

Ahhh, the rewards of listening.

Piles of taco-sauce packets litter my pantry.  I only ask for “two mild” packets when I order, but I get ten packets instead.  I keep them, thinking I’ll use them, but in Denver they dry up and I find myself asking again for “two mild” packets and AGAIN I receive ten (and not always the mild).

And then there is Mr. Abernathay.  I hope he got his shoes.  My voice mail clearly states, “You’ve reached Mark and Denise. . . .”  Yet, I get messages for Nancy, and Sally, and yesterday, a hospital employee left a message for Mr. Abernathay, TWICE.  His prescription shoes were ready.

Why aren’t people listening?  More importantly, why should they?

People don’t listen because they (and that includes me) are wrapped up in what’s happening right now. It takes effort to break away from their thoughts and focus on someone else.  But listening has great rewards and is worth every bit of the energy it takes.

There are three rewards to listening that I can think of off the top of my head.

  • The first one is: listening brings good judgment. It enables you to make good decisions.  When you listen, you get more than the facts. As they often say, God is in the details.  If you actively listen and ask questions, you get all those precious nuances that lead to clarity and even truth.
  • Secondly, if you need a material incentive, good listeners make more money. When you listen, you make better judgments and  less mistakes (no messages for Mr. Abernathay on the Holmes’ voice mail).  For the employed this means raises, for the self-employed this means satisfied customers (and therefore more money) because you are able to hear what they want and give it to them.
  • Thirdly, listening creates great satisfaction. This comes not only from the benefits listed above, but also from the feeling of connection with people.  I truly believe that when you listen, you rid yourself of loneliness.   There are many others that either feel exactly as you do, or even better, help you see a different perspective to life that enables you to overcome adversity.

Okay… so what did I just say?


About The Author

Denise Miller Holmes
Denise Miller Holmes enjoys teaching biblical topics, and especially researching and communicating what Christians believe about the world around them. She sometimes turns established viewpoints on end. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Journalism, Denise also has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, and has been a Christian for over 35 years. She belongs to the writers’ groups Words for the Journey and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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