Often times, people around them are busy trying to fix their own lives. They have their own burdens to deal with, school stuff, and extra-curricular activities killing them. They’re busy trying to make the most out of life(but usually don’t get the life they want). They’re HURTING TOO. They also need help, and they also expect people who know them well to listen to their concerns, including those who deep inside are crying out for help.
In short, EVERYONE IS DYING TO BE HEARD. It’s not that they’re shouting and no one is listening, it is that they’re longing for someone to care. Every person longs to be understood, comforted and lifted from burdens. People yearn for people to listen to them, and to understand them not only through the words they speak, but also through their body language and tone of voice, sensitive to what they are really saying.
But we ourselves do not seek to understand others.
We think we know it all (too well). We think we understand, but fact is we don’t. We don’t because we do not listen. We don’t because we’re occupied with out own problems, blinded by our own perceptions, and deafened by our own judgments. WE DON’T LISTEN.
We’ve had much similar cases, tons of friends sharing the same thing, speaking of the same problem, and we think we know the story. We think we know the problem, but we don’t. WE DON’T UNDERSTAND. WE NEED TO LISTEN. This poem from a book perfectly illustrates what I’m trying to say.
So PLEASE, LISTEN!