“How can you look at the splinter in another’s eye,
yet miss the plank in your own? 
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.”
 Luke 6: 41
 Matthew 13: 16