“How can you look at the splinter in another’s eye,

yet miss the plank in your own? [1]

It might not be a plank

but it’s at least a splinter in my eye.

I have learned, as others try

to dislodge the splinter or plank,

that listening is the best remedy.

Hearing with my ears

is required, to start.

Listening, though, with my heart

hears beyond my ears

and opens my soul to see better.

The window of the soul

tears up with heartfelt listening,

with empathy, it’s glistening.

Catharsis is good for the soul

and the splinter drifts away

“Blessed are your ears because they hear,

and your eyes because they see.”[2]

[1] Luke 6: 41

[2] Matthew 13: 16

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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