January 27 2016, I still remembered that day. I was a lonely human with no purpose or meaning in my life (or so I thought) wandering through the sea of darkness helplessly trying to find the light.
No matter how much I ran, it was always like an endless road, soon my strength ebbed away from me and I was lying still with a shattered soul.
Who was I, I couldn’t say, I had lost my personal identity.
My eyes were blinded by hatred; the truth was shrouded in darkness.
I was dead inside.
“Enough is enough!” I said to myself. I was driven by insanity, I was burning in anguish. That fateful decision was made quickly before time ran out, I knew my days were numbered. I was walking down the path that almost led to my destruction! My fate was sealed.
But one day, two angels descended from the Kingdom of light in the form of a human being. Their hearts were clear as a mirror, eyes full of hope. An aura of love surrounded their body. They used the holy light to open my eyes; I could now finally see the truth, even though I am limited in my physical body, I must soar higher in the sky and break every barrier that comes my way.
My world was covered in light once again…
*Note: There is no honor in taking your life, always remember this “Live with honor, fight with honor and die with honor”.
Imagine yourself standing inside a large auditorium, giving a glorious speech. Now, fluctuate your mind to a quite different setting, say in front of a food stand where you are arguing boldly with a friend. I presume you would much rather prefer to be on that platform, letting the people hear you. However, one must realize that although each of us enjoys being heard, listening is a vital skill that is often ignored. How do you expect people to listen to you if you don’t listen yourself?
Let’s look at all the good that has been brought by hearing others. Listening, is by definition, an active role by which one can both take part in a conversation and hear another opinion. By listening, you are making the time required to arrange your thoughts, format your ideas and then say something in context to what you heard.
Barrack Obama is the greatest example I can refer to in attempting to explain. The flair of his personality does come neither from his deep voice nor from his resounding persistency; it is due to his unparalleled ability to listen the voice of the poor, the voice of the neglected, and the voice of the common man. His attempts at resolving major issues such as expensive health care and education go deep into the lives of the people suffering from misery and have changed their lives for the better. The amazing feats he has achieved in his 7 years as President would not be possible by a mortal man, if not for the fact that he values every single person’s opinion.
Joan of Arc was an avid reader- a reader of people’s minds. This is the result of Joan being an active listener. If it was not her who heard the voices of the farmers, the voices of the weeping old ragged men who had seen both their father and sons being mercilessly killed by the British, and quite controversially the voice of God, there would be no France. Because she has an active listener, she managed to both hear and be heard; a whole nation of tired men was ready to give their lives for her, sacrifice for the one true purpose.
“The barriers preventing the solution to all human conflict would be broken if only people would listen first.”-McLellan, PG. Is it not beautiful to be silent and hear the magic inside everyone? Of course it is! Listening is a crucial instrument that can be mastered with practice, and it is one we must all endeavor to learn.