Next time you are in a conversation, pay attention. Are you REALLY listening?
Or, instead of creating an accommodating, listening space for others, are you waiting for the other person to stop talking...so YOU can say what you want to say?
As a sage and wise friend noted the other day, "We're all narcissists."
Our "look at me" culture is all about narcissism; being focused on the charm and splendor of our own voices, the beauty of our own gazes, and the richness of our thoughts.
But, you know what? Cooperative enterprise begins when we share in the experience of OTHERS.
Empathy is very little about YOU talking.
So be aware. Take inventory. And learn to shut up, and listen.
This has been a public service announcement.