The essence of dialogue

is to listen well.

Being heard, explicitly

promotes implicit communion.

Listening nurtures our story

and opens our eyes.

Listening sustains our being

and bridges our souls.

To listen well chooses life…

To give our ear finds love…

To take in another’s Word –

initiates wholeness.

Being quiet attunes the soul.

To affirm by listening

creates a forum

for the sounds of silence.

To listen with another’s ear

is a consummate grace.

Lobe to lobe is an intimate act

that hears what is heard.

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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