The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.
“He who answers before listening-that is his folly and his shame.”-Proverbs 18:13
There is something different about George Floyd’s death. The pain felt by his family, friends, other African Americans and indeed many others of various races seemed to have reached the collective human heart with even more potency this time around, although every unjust killing is heartbreaking.
Here’s what I noticed as I’ve perused the global media coverage of this tragedy, which may very well turn out to be a catalyst for meaningful and sustainable change in the pursuit of worldwide racial equality: people are talking about becoming better listeners. From politicians to athletes, the message of connecting with others through hearing from our hearts, is being proclaimed. Outstanding quarterback in America’s National Football League (NFL) Drew Brees, apologized for making what he admitted were insensitive comments following Floyd’s death. I applaud his humility in taking responsibility. So did another NFL player, Malcolm Jenkins, who ESPN reported as saying the following words: “Drew, as much as your comments hurt me and many other people, I appreciate you for listening, because being heard is a big part of it.”
People want to be heard. Minorities, the differently-abled, orphans, the homeless, victims of abuse, the poor and even the not-so-poor. We offer each other a life-giving act of service when listen patiently, intently and sincerely.
There is someone in your life who needs you to be there for them as a great listener. Make yourself available, without delay.
To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.