"Well, I'm good. I wanted to tell you what's been.... Nevermind, I called you because.... blah blah blah.”
And there goes another 38 minutes of my life that I will never get back, listening to someone’s "first-world-problems" about both losing weight because summer is approaching and choosing the right nail colour.
L-I-S-T-E-N! Is it so hard to listen? It is a combination of listening and hearing that most people can't handle today. Sometimes it's not enough to only listen. When was the last time you had a conversation with someone and you actually heard what they were saying instead of floating through your mind, being only psychically present? Or how often do you find yourself talking with someone and when you try to explain something, all you get from them is nodding with a few "yes", "I see", "hmmm" "okay" sprinkled in. This is not a conversation! It's called a monologue. If I wanted that, I would stand in front of the mirror and talk to myself.
We have a hard time paying attention to anyone but ourselves, losing concentration so quickly. Are we just too selfish to listen to anyone else and to deal with other people’s problems and adventures? Selfishness is a disease of the new age and it goes well with depression and loneliness. Let's try to stop for a moment and ask ourselves and others how we truly feel. And this time, listen to the answer.