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May 22, 2017

You Cannot Be Happy If You Do Not Listen

by James R. Yarbrough

How Can You Know If You Do Not Listen

 

When our mind tells us what we are looking for is somewhere else, we will not see it where it is. Likewise, you will not know what a thing is if you expect it to look one way and it does not. The question then is, is it the same thing. And, yes, as I am sure most of you have come to know, it can be this way with people, as well. But with people, we know they are the same because we cannot change who we are. We do change how we look and act. There are things that exist that we do not see. We cannot see what we do not know. How would you know it when you saw it? An open mind wants to know. There is never so little time that you have no time to learn.

There are times when we may think wistfully of the past and entertain in our mind what is going to happen in the future. This is an urge to be where it is not possible for you to be. One time has passed and the other is yet to come. The mind is focused where it should not. You can only get there from here, not from anywhere else the mind might be. There is not a thing the mind can do without you. We all should focus on that part of our lives we can do something about, today is that day. What you can do for the future is face it. For the past, we have what we have done. You learn from it.

The more you think of the past and future the less time you have to think of the present. Do not concern yourself with time you no longer have and a place you cannot be. You should do all that you can, to do what you want, with the only time you have. Time for the past is no more, it has been taken. The future when you get there will be the present. You should not use the time you have where there is no way to measure. We travel with time, not past it. Nor can we go back to it. Our mind can go there, but we cannot. Of course, there is not a thing wrong with reminiscing and thinking about some of the more positive times from the past. Either good thoughts or bad you should always make the visit of short duration. It does no good to tarry.

The best way to reach your goals is by a step, by step process. There are only three different steps you can take to get there. They are the first, next and last. Going backward will not get you there unless you then go forward. And going sideways will only keep you on the level that you are on. You take the three steps to make it to where you want to go; a step at a time until you get there. This way you know how you got there and can go there again. And it will serve you well to reach your next goal. Any step skipped leaves a space where the step should be and you will not be certain how you got over it to the other side. And it is a place where you could easily fall down. The distance to our goals is not as important as the steps we take to get there. How we think our thoughts is what decides the path that we take in our life.

When you think you have done all you can and know to do, to be all that you can be, there is more thinking to do. How can you ever know how much more you have to give? You cannot. It is simple; though, some will not see it because they are not willing to believe. They can see it if they listen. You have to listen to learn and learn to listen.  When we are born, we do not know how to listen. It is an acquired skill. You first hear, and then you listen. When you listen with purpose, you will feel the sound of your thoughts. Now that’s listening.

“Hearing Is Not Listening”

To hear is not to listen. It is not the same. It takes no effort to hear. This is if you want to hear or not. To hear is one of the senses. It is there by nature and has no on and off switch. To listen is not a sense it is a skill. If you want to listen, it must be what you want to do; you cannot listen against your will. You cannot take notes, play with your phone or computer and listen. You can only listen when you listen. The next best thing to listening, now, is to record what you hear to listen later. Are you listening now? It is how you think.

 

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