Swirling Opinions

Swirling Opinions

“I’m like a tornado of anger, swirling about!” —Will Ferrell in Kicking and Screaming

Lip service. Tweets and retweets. Forwarded whatsapps and SMS’s from all over. FB posts. Articles. Comments. Emails. Replies. Group chats. Broadcast lists.

Chitter chatter.

Everybody’s talking. And then talking more.

Talk talk talk talk talk. Talking to talk. And talking to hear themselves talk.

Everyone has a platform—or seven—that they can share their wise advice and ideas these days (ironic, I know).

Who’s listening?

Listening is good. I’m trying to do this more and more each day.

I find when I start trying to listen, I’m now listening so I can insert an answer. I’m not actually listening. Listening has no agenda. It’s not looking to insert or solve or fix or correct.

Listening is a natural filter we have built into our daily lives.

It also brings understanding with it.

There’s been lots going on across the globe, not to mention nationally in Zimbabwe. And I find myself getting caught up in sharing what’s happening and communicating it.

But what’s really happening? Do you have your facts straight? And are you willing to bank your reputation on that next share?

It’s like a swirling tornado, swirling about. Be careful where you’re getting your facts from.

Ernest Hemingway wrote, "I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”

Are you?

(photo via prayitno)