When is the last time you listened without getting defensive?
Without finding the parts in which you take offense to build your rebuttal?
Just sat in the face of the words as they are and not as you wish them to be.
Listening to seek understanding and compassion, seeing and feeling what lies behind and between what is being spoken
Embracing the vulnerability it takes to lay aside the battle and need to be right
Attempting as hard as it may be to see through the eyes of the person telling THEIR story.
Acknowledging everyone deserves to be seen and heard.