When I was younger, I used to LOVE a good debate - both sides hear only their own stories and there's nothing more than flustered feathers in the end. Well, another thing about aging is you realize life simply is to short to do all the talking, rehash your own experiences and to stay in your own little world.
Sixteen years ago, I decided to break that. I've hit my bumps for sure, but today, I can honestly say, I have found life much more fulfilling when I listen before I judge (speak, jump to conclusions, etc)
I had never heard of this author before (David B Capes), but I feel he has a great road of writing ahead of him. He points out (biblically and using simple common sense) that we do judge a person, place or thing by our own previous experience. For example, say YOU like chocolate ice cream and my personal experience was so horrendous (regardless of what made my experience horrendous) I would judge you based on my own personal experience. That's pretty simple ABC right? You would think so, but by cruising the social media sites, you would think we all have lost our minds the way we judge and don't listen.
I found this book very insightful and thought provoking. I've asked myself repeatedly "am I doing that?" ...I found I fail my common core beliefs sometimes simply by not listening - I appreciate the author, Book Look Bloggers and the wake up call this book gave me, not so much teaching me something I didn't already know, but for the reminder to keep myself in check. It is oh so easy to shut off our listening and jump right on the judging wagon! Life is a lesson that we never graduate from, we just keep learning and I like that.....