Listening seems easy until you try it without judging.
We're trained to judge from an early age. We judge nearly everything. We like it, we don't like it, we have our reasons our logic our standards and so we judge. Like a celebrity judge on a talent show we judge with confidence and assurance that of course we are right and entitled to judge. Completely.
And yet -- what is the point? Do you know anyone who wants your judgement? Do YOU desire anyone else's judgment?
Go ahead and judge if you want to, if you must. Here's what I know: if you truly want to listen, listen without judging. Listen with curiosity, as if you don't know the answer already.
Because maybe, just maybe, you don't.
And, by listening without judgment, you might actually hear.
-- doug smith