If we would listen more and speak less, we would grow in leaps and bounds. Have you ever noticed how fast-talkers are sometimes slow-thinkers?
Those who feel they have to have a comment and opinion about everything are often rehearsing old lines they picked up from someone else.
Heartfelt, discerning communication does not happen unless there is a listener. Be the listener. And when you listen, learn to respond with wise questions that lead the other to dig for the truth they need.
Listening is spiritual discipline as difficult to master as a daily prayer life or habit of reading.