Recently a man was telling me about his disappointment with his life. He said that after all the work he had done to improve himself and find success, he was still just where he started. This reality was enough to convince him…
- the world was irreparably screwed up
- everyone hates introverts
- women are gullible and only fall for jerks
- people take pleasure in excluding him
When I asked him what would happen if he just focused on showing genuine, non-judgmental interest in others, he erupted into a diatribe about his own innocence, defending what he had or had not done.
I couldn’t help thinking what this man would be if he had invested as much time in hearing as he had in telling.