What Big Ears You Have!

"Whatever It Takes" -John D. Austin

“What big ears you have!” would be a huge complement these days.  Whoever said, “People don’t care how much you know,  but want to know how much you care” had learned a precious lesson.

If we can learn to listen as if others do not want to hear our opinion, we might have something of great value to share when it’s time to speak.

I’m still learning.

~Shannan Parker


  1. Candy Richey said,

    02/19/2010 at 11:50

    AMEN SISTER! Listening is the hardest thing I can do…for some reason I think I have something to say to benefit everyone…it’s called a “Messiah Complex”! If you can find this book it is a good one to read!


    • 02/20/2010 at 11:50

      Oooo, This is the first I’ve heard of that book. I will have to keep my eyes open for it. I often battle the same issue. Just because people encourageme to keep writing, doesn’t mean they always want to hear me talk ;o)

      Thanks for the tip Candy.

  2. Kevin said,

    02/20/2010 at 11:50

    Hey Shannon.. I heard something this week that goes with this:

    If you are speaking with someone who knows more about the subject that you are talking about.. and you are doing MOST of the talking…. they are learning more about YOU than YOU are about the subject.


    • 02/20/2010 at 11:50

      That’s good Kevin. I guess I should have phrased it, “Listen as if people don’t want to hear about YOU.”

      Hummm… So the question to ask is, Am I the person I want others to be when I need to talk?

      Thank you for this!

  3. 03/07/2010 at 11:50

    Well said my friend, I too am still learning.

    • 03/10/2010 at 11:50

      Oh PJ, I have a long way to go! That’s why we need each other; to help us learn along the way 😉 Thank you for the many life giving messages you teach.

  4. 04/08/2010 at 11:50

    Great post…..I’m still learning too.

    • 04/08/2010 at 11:50

      Thank You, I have come to the conclusion I will forever be learning this lesson.

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