Monday, November 19, 2012

Today's Ponder-able



GreginAdelaide said...

Hmmm..... should I even be commenting on this?

Did I read it with the intent of commenting and not listening?

Did I listen? Heehee!

Yes, I did.
I'm not sure it is "most people", that is too much of a generalisation.
A generalisation that it is most people and all of the time.
I don't beleve that most people do that all the time.

However, I do know some people that do it all the bloody time! Shit they are annoying.
Some of them are the "I did it better" or I did it faster, or bigger people.

I had the misfortune to be at a function last night and the resident bigger/better/faster person was in fine form.
I found myself standing glassy-eyed thinking of other things when he asked me "are you even listening"..... and I decided I had had enough of being polite and replied that I wasn't, because he sounded like a stuck record....and I said it in just the same loud voice that he was using...and suddenly everyone turned around and smiled at me as he walked away in a red huff.
That was a good moment.

So yes, I did "listen" to the Ponderable, and I do try to listen to people, but when they are people like that bigger/better/faster person I don't really listen at all..... not to his insecurities and reasons for being like he is, cos he's too old to ever be any different and I, like many others, are tired of "listening" politely.
I snapped, and enjoyed it.

Gary Kelly said...

And who are we quoting here, JustinO? Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden?

Anyway, it reminds me a bit of a bloke I knew who wrote a book called How to Win Friends and Interview People. John Pearce was his name. He said if you're thinking about your next question, you're not listening to what the interviewee is saying.

JustinO'Shea said...

nobody in particular. . . .;-)

Coop said...

I heard something similar to the quote from John Pearce. It went "If you're talking you're not really listening" or something close to that.