Hearing is different than listening. When we listen to another, we take in the sound of their voices, their words. But when we hear them, when we dig deeper than listening, we pick up on the subtle cues that were not present when just listening. When we hear someone, we get the fuller picture: the joys, the fears, the anxieties. Sometimes I wonder how many of our interpersonal communication issues could be resolved if we took the time to hear, rather than simply listen. It’s good food for thought.