"Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable."
"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them."
~Ralph G. Nichols
We attended a lovely Saturday wedding of a dear lifelong friend of our youngest daughter. As we watched the young couple glide across the dance floor, I watched as the groom stared lovingly at his beautiful new bride. I thought to myself at the time, if he would ever ask me for some helpful advice on marriage, I would tell him to listen to his wife with his heart first, then his ears. To listen, really listen to what she says. I can't tell you what a gift it is to have a husband that listens in this way. It is a special gift in my life.
"There is a lot of difference between listening and hearing."