Lesson 5: Listening

We like the sound of our own voices, and it drowns out the sound of others’ talking.


I hear older generations reminding me that the ratio of one mouth to two ears, should be telling us something.


I used to always tell my mum “I know!”, to every question she ever asked me, now realising it’s not really a sufficient answer. Reminders to put in the milk in the fridge, or it’ll go off… and I’ll still repeat “I ….know!”. When in fact, I had left the milk out about a thousand and one times, and maybe lost the house about £3,000 worth of milk.

My dad used to tell me to study a little bit of a big project everyday, so the workload will lessen. My response (you guessed it folks): “I know!” I can’t go on to tell you the amount of sleepless nights I had endured because I hadn’t followed his piece of advice. In retrospect, I realised I  actually liked the sound of my own voice, and in actual fact, I didn’t know that much.

I went for a jog in the snow. Yes, a stupid move to make, as I looked like a Bambi on ice. I didn’t listen to what my body was saying as adrenaline pumped through me and I was slipping about the place making sure my head didn’t bounce along the icy pavements.

It was a mistake: and as much as I like being on the “HARDWORK, DEDICATION!” tip; a dead me or coma me, wouldn’t be able to work.

This post should not be mistaken as “it is important to listen to every, Tom, Dick and Harry” because that would be a very silly move to make. However, every now and then, you should actually listen to those a little wiser than you, they have, after all, been here on Earth a little longer than you.


“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” – Woodrow Wilson.”

Over and out,

The MicroRead.

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