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Please enjoy the Thought for the Term from Dr Khan

Posted on: 15/09/2023

We talk about respect so much in all areas of our lives, that sometimes its meaning becomes a little vague and diluted.

I want to focus on one very particular aspect of respect today: listening to others with our full attention and respect. I have found, even within my own family, that we sometimes just half listen to each other, while being distracted elsewhere. 95% of the time, this distraction is a screen of some sort: ipad, television, laptop, console or indeed a phone. We half listen and half respond and this sort of becomes a way of communication that is now acceptable. However, when you really stop to consider, not being fully present and not fully paying attention to the person communicating with you is a form of disrespect and disregard for their words.

It has been said that "one of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." (Bryan McGill).

So here is my plea to you - the next time someone wants to have a meaningful conversation with you, really listen. Put your phone aside, look up and make eye contact, and listen to what they have to say. I think you will find it transformational. I know I have.

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