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There is a written word in old Chinese that is LISTEN. The word is comprised of four parts. One has the meaning of EARS, one the meaning of HEART, one the meaning of EYES, and one the meaning of ATTENTION. How beautiful and significant is that. How many of you LISTEN to another with all your HEART, ATTENTION, and with both EYES and EARS?


How many times do you pass someone in the hallway or on the street and ask “How are you?” And continue on without using the four symbols in the Chinese word for LISTEN. We are all at fault with that from time to time. Now with all the electronic distractions we have, it is happening more frequently. The Onondaga people say; that the Creator gave you two ears so that you should LISTEN twice as much as you speak.


Not LISTENING with our HEARTS, ATTENTION, both EYES and EARS we lose the value of what communicating with another is. If we LISTEN, we develop friends, exchange knowledge, show empathy and grow as a caring individual.


When one is LISTENING to you with all their HEART, all their ATTENTION, with both their EYES and EARS doesn’t that leave you with an extraordinary feeling? So put down your electronic device, turn off the TV and lean forward with all your ATTENTION available and LISTEN with your HEART, EYES and EARS. Make somebody feel important.


Just truly LISTEN.

Categories: PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective

ron winnegrad

Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.

3 replies

  1. You are so right Ron. I’ve always said to my children that it is VERY important to Listen. Really Listen. That means putting down whatever you are doing at the moment. Don’t surf the Internet. Don’t read your text messages. Don’t flip through that magazine. Stop. Open your ears. Use eye contact to show you are listening. Everyone, big or small, is entitled to their point of view and you can’t understand someone if you don’t give them your full attention. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Great reminder Ron. Thank you. As my mother used to say….God gave us one mouth and two ears for a reason.


  3. Well said my friend. I’m certainly guilty of not listening with my whole self and this will help me do better! 💜


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