Over the years I have been able to collect what I consider to be words of wisdom, whether it be a single line from someone like Winston Churchill, or in some cases a kind of essay, that makes immense sense. Today I will share a great one from Ann Landers, who we all know. This is from her column dated September 19, 1998. Enjoy! It is simply called Listen!


When I ask you to listen to me,

And you start giving me advice,

You have not done what I asked.


When I ask that you listen to me,

And you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way,

You are trampling on my feelings.


When I ask you to listen to me,

And you feel you have to do something to solve my problems,

You have failed me, strange as that may seem.


Listen: All I ask is that you listen,

Not talk or do.

Just hear me.


When you do something for me

That I need to do for myself,

You contribute to my fear and feelings of inadequacy.


But, when you accept as a simple fact

That I feel what I do feel,

No matter how irrational,


Then I can quit trying to convince you

And go about my business

Of understanding what’s behind my feelings.


So, please listen and just hear me

And if you want to talk,

Wait a minute for your turn, and I’ll listen to you!

Have a great day!


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