So many of us spend our lives collecting information that confirms what we already believe to be true rather than actually listening, reflecting and ultimately learning.
Often when I am trying express myself I find the person I am talking to is so quick to liken my experience to their own that they completely miss my point. Sometimes it’s worth clarifying my thoughts. Other times it’s clear that the person just wants to be heard and so I listen.
I catch myself stepping on others' thoughts too sometimes. I apologize, I really don’t mean to. I want to see the world though the eyes of others because although their perspectives don’t always change my own, their views are always enriching. Learning about other perspectives makes me more respectful, loving and ultimately happy.