How often do we stop listening to what a person is telling us because we think we already know what they’re saying?
I’m undoubtedly guilty of that. My mind wanders, I zone out, or I interject with my own tangent about what I think they’re talking about.
It’s easy to tune out.
It’s easy to mute our surroundings.
This morning during my run, my Spotify suddenly stopped and all I was left with was the sound of my own breathing and of my own feet steadily hitting the trail.
At first I was annoyed, but then it hit me…
Being fully present sounded way better than Kanye West did just moments ago through my headphones.
I realized how often I tune myself out.
My mind seems to be constantly filled with the noise and voices of everyone else.
Interactions I had, interactions I should of had, and interactions I wish I didn’t have.
Being an active listener is hard work. Even when the person you should be listening to is yourself.