He was a rapper and died violently, but some words that Tupak Shakur wrote make sense for these times. He said, “If you let a person talk long enough, you will hear their true intentions so, listen twice and talk once.”

Whether the loud lyrics from rap or panelists screaming on cable news shows, we see signs everywhere of loud talk and very little listening. 

I’m not one of those who believe that we need to go backward. Every generation has a right to make its mark and the latest innovators have created more ways to be heard. But, no one is listening.

Our show off, spout off, give off society is very revealing, if you take the time to listen.

When no one listens, we have no harmony, no agreements, diluted content, and a lot of hot air – and, hot heads. We need to diffuse this situation by challenging others to listen. And, yes, try listening to yourself sometime and you’ll probably learn quickly to listen twice, talk once for better peace of mind.