Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
~Stephen R. Covey
This presidential election cycle has held me rapt, worried, and bewildered. Claerly, people feel that their needs are not being met by standard political candidates, that those politicians aren't listening and don't care, that those politicians are beholden to someone other than their constituents. I'm afraid voter frustration has triggered a widespread disinterest in listening, though.
Linda Eve Diamond started Listeners Unite, and she also wrote the poem below, which feels very appropriate at this time:
Linda announced this Listening-themed poetry contest (deadline July 15, 2016).
I'm learning about reflective listening in crisis situations from a free online Coursera course called Psychological First Aid. I think it might particularly interest teachers, but anyone could benefit from it.
One more thing, not overtly about listening, but really it is -- an article on On Prescribing Poems for the Sick,
the Dying, the Grief Stricken.
Today's Poetry Friday round-up is at Poetry for Children. Thanks, Sylvia!
I'm still taking names of swappers for the Summer Poetry Swap! We are doing something new this summer and you can join in on 1, 3, or 5 swaps! Email me if you want in or tell me in the comments.