African American couple drinking coffee and communicating in kitchen.

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The ability to listen with empathy is such a lost art in our culture. There are thousands of apps to help us say something. Very few, if any, help on the listening side. Honestly? Most of us suck at listening. So how do you know when you’re doing it right? True listening has only occurred when the OTHER person understands that YOU understand. It doesn’t mean agreeing with the person. It means validating that persons thoughts because they ARE valid in that they come from THAT persons truth, experiences and perspective. No one will ever be accused of listening too much.

Proverbs 2:2 – make your ear attentive to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding.

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