In my post last week, I talked about how important it is to listen to everyone, especially those who you don’t really like.

But, how do you listen?

According to, listening is “to give attention with the ear.” And, again, according to, attention is “the concentration of the mind on a single object or thought.”

So, by that logic, listening is concentrating on a single object or though with the ear. Or, in simple terms, giving someone your full and undivided concentration. No social media, no emailing, no texting, no reading, no doing something else while someone is trying to talk to you.

And, yes, that includes completely and utterly not paying attention to what they are saying because you are thinking about what you are going to tell them instead.

I am so guilty of all of this. When I have to introduce myself in front of a new group of people, I find myself losing track of who is who because I’m too concentrated on getting my stuff straight. When I am at lunch with someone, I find it hard to put my phone away. When I am in class, I find myself simply going on social media just to go on social media.

And, so honestly, this is something I need to work on, too. I need to be present. I need to be aware and concentrated on the person talking to me. So, let’s make a promise to each other that at least once today, when we find ourselves not paying attention, we put our distractions away and concentrate on the person at hand.

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This blog post is part of my “I am a Christian” posts, which you can find here. It is also part of my “I am an observer” posts, which you can find here. To see all posts, click here.

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