Musings & Opinions By ©Patricia Feager, 1/29/2017
The truth is there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world;
it's your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You
can't package stress, touch it, or see it. There are
only people engaged in stressful thinking.
--- Wayne Dyer
Wayne W. Dyer, an internationally renowned speaker, and author was a very memorable and wise man. I miss flipping through the channels and seeing him live on Public Television. He was one of those guys that no matter when he spoke, I listened. My own experience has been that whenever I was having a stressful day, he had the power to convey positive thoughts across the airwaves, and in an instant, I was stress-free.
Everyone has emotionally critical moments of life that tend to last forever and the primary focus seems to be on the problem and not the solution. If we are to make sense of information that is new, shocking, out-of-the-ordinary, or different, listening before speaking or interrupting the speaker makes practical reasoning and clearer thinking.
Freedom of listening
Sometimes, all it takes is to take a step back. Separation from the anxiety can be healthy. The power of reason will teach anyone how to get through the challenges and half-truths caused by anxiety. Freedom of speech often gets one into trouble. In my humble opinion, practicing the art of listening is not only common courtesy, it is an exercise in the freedom of listening, that separates the winners from the losers.