from the Beautiful Words mailing list
In an earlier day, a certain young man was seeking a job as a Morse code telegraph operator. He found an advertisement in the want-ads and went to the address that was listed. When he arrived it was a large, busy, noisy office. In the background he could hear the chatter of a telegraph key. A sign instructed applicants to take a seat and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office. Eight candidates had gotten there ahead of him; they were seated along the wall. This was discouraging, but still he sat down to wait.
After about two or three minutes the young man stood up, stepped over to the door of the inner office, and walked in. Naturally all of the other applicants started looking at each other and muttering. Within about three minutes the young man came back out the door with the employer who said, \”You gentlemen may go now. The position has been filled.\” Several of them began to grumble. One spoke up and said, \”I don\’t understand. He was the last to come in. We never even got a chance to be interviewed, and he got the job. That\’s not fair.\”
The employer said, \”All the time you\’ve been sitting here the telegraph key has been ticking out a message. It said, \’If you understand this message, come right in. The job is yours.\’ None of you heard it. He did. He got the job. \”
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We need to learn how to listen!
In this world where there is so much noise and with the so many distractions around us, we tend to be deaf on the things worth listening…the sound of a rooster waking you up in the morning, the pouring of the rain on the roof, the crackling of eggs being cooked, the soft pat on your back by your wife as you head for today’s work. Simple things. Oftentimes unnoticed, yet speaks a lot.
If we could only listen well enough, we could see our lives differently!