More often than not when we are speaking with another person, we are more focused on how to response and interject some remark into the conversation than on listening to the thoughts the individual is sharing.
What would happen if, for this next 24-hour period, you simply focused your attention on listening to what the person has to say in a conversation. Learning what the person has to share with you. Paying attention to what they are endeavoring to say, without interjecting your thoughts and presumptions.
In our world today it seems everyone wants their voice to be heard. In order for a voice to be heard, there needs to be a reciprocal ear to listen. Today be that ear. Ponder the benefit to you in learning what the person truly has to say. And to the other person knowing they are fully heard by the attentive listening you provide.
To listen needs simply your attention and your quiet.
For today, as a conversation begins and you find yourself wanting to retort, wanting to give your opinion wanting to provide the “right” response, simply stop. Let the person continue to share their thoughts. And ask only questions that will enable the person to share more of what they think and what they feel. It is a mere 24 hours, I know you can do it.
PS: Tomorrow you can share what you think of what the person said.