The word listen contains the same letters as the world silent. I’ve spent a lot of time recently working on my listening. If I really listen, I find I often don’t have to ask that noisy question that was buzzing round my mouth demanding to be let out, because they explain the to me even before I ask the question. You know how frustrating it is to speak with someone who is just waiting for the chance to but-in – so they are not really listening to you at all. In my own experience, if a person really feels listened to, then they tell you a hell of a lot more about what you want to know. “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk”. Exactly.