Did you know that life can teach us many lessons, if we would only take the time to pay attention and listen?
Take me, for example: One time I was arguing with a friend, and did all I could to try to get them to see things from my perspective, but alas, it was all in vain.
Then I remembered some advice that I had heard before, about seeking first to understand rather than to be understood. I decided to try this out, and made an effort to understand the situation from my friend’s point of view. Then I articulated to my friend that I understood where they were coming from, but made no further attempt to bring out my own perspective.
Well wonder of wonders, a few days later, my friend let me know that my perspective was understood as well.
Wow, imagine that! Just choosing to understand my friend, accomplished what all my arguments could not – they understood my point of view.
Now that’s a life lesson I’m going to file away for future reference!
What about you? What lessons is your life teaching you, and are you paying attention?
As we continue learning from life, we can gain wisdom and become happier people. For more insight and inspiration on listening to your life, be sure to check out my book: Secrets to Becoming a Wiser, More Confident and Happier You: All in Just 10 Minutes a Day!