Are You Listening?

Quotes and Notes #282, August 13

Don't say anything, just stop and listen to the pretty.

Don’t say anything, just stop and listen to the pretty.

“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”—Dalai Lama—

Yesterday, my mother said, “There are so many talkers and so few listeners.” I’m guilty—we all are, probably. At times, I find myself in a conversation, thinking about what I’m going to say next instead of really listening. I am definitely getting older, though, and perhaps wiser. I am learning to concentrate on what someone is saying to me to a point at which I understand as much as possible. This concentration is then followed by a thoughtful pause, and then by a response—if one is necessary.

Sometimes ego is responsible. We wish to say something that enhances our appearance of intelligence. Sometimes, no answer at all is the most intelligent option.

But we can always share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Work on Your Self Confidence

Quotes and Notes #150, April 3

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”–Dalai Lama

We know that stress is not healthy. Sometimes it is important to stop, relax, and consciously, carefully, work your mind around the causes and solutions associated with stressful situations.

To stop and calmly analyze a situation increases the feelings of strength and reduces doubts in your abilities to handle things. This, in turn, builds your feeling of self confidence, makes you happier and more relaxed. It’s a complex relationship but it carries healthful benefits. Sharing a smile will help others to build self confidence.

A good mantra for relaxing:

“Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Take time to poder

Take time to ponder

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