This I Believe – Listening

Posted by: Aarju Pandey

I believe in mental growth through listening. I believe that I can grow in terms of knowledge and experience when I listen. Listening is learning, whether it is listening to my teacher lecture about civil rights or listening to my grandma tell stories about her childhood in Nepal. Listening is, for me, to hear someone’s beliefs and incorporate them into my daily life. I believe that I can become more experienced in life and change my approach towards the ups and downs in life if I listen to …

other’s ideas and thoughts.
I have been told that listening is more valuable than talking. It took me years to actually understand that. When I listen, I discover new concepts; I see life in a new light. When I talk I am simply saying my ideas and not learning anything at all. Everyone listens every day, but it is one thing to let the words go through one ear and out the other and another thing to truly understand what someone is trying to say. When I listen to my grandma and parents tell stories about the poverty in Nepal where they grew up, it makes me think just how lucky I am to have all these opportunities, here in America when people in other places are starving and very poor. This type of listening helps me view life in a new way and helps me try to make the most of my life by working hard and taking full advantage of the opportunities. My mother and father have really shaped my beliefs in many ways. They have worked extremely hard in Nepal in order to come to America and achieve the success that they have today. If my father had taken one different step, I would be farming in the fields of rural Nepal right now. Listening to these experiences really shapes the way I think today.
Listening in my classes is very valuable as well; when I listen in class I learn new things about history, math, science, and the list goes on. In school listening can be just the facts and theory or values that can mold your lifestyle. For example in math I learn theory and the way numbers work, whereas in social studies I learn about school desegregation, the civil rights and the kind of community and courage the African-American people had. These values that I learn from people in history are very significant in changing the way I think from day to day; I think you can learn many new things everyday through listening.
In conclusion, listening has shaped and molded my thinking and experience in many ways. When I listen, I experience different thoughts and contrasting ideas, which is a great learning experience. Listening can help you be open to all kinds of people and help you understand people’s ideas as well as help your thinking mature. I believe in the power of listening. I believe in mental growth through listening.

This I Believe – Listening was last modified: June 8th, 2007 by Aarju Pandey

Blog Comments

  1. FilmyLogic

    Yestai Ho, Restating Shakesprearen”Life is stage, we are actors and God is Director”, Every Unthinkable is possible in Drama, Films, and narration, Fictions, and Super melodramas. What HE has in mind nobody knows as he directs everyone to make up HIS wish. He saw some of the best QUALITIES in RUDRA since his childhood, so helped him attaining the unattainable, the power to marry in situation you described impossible for other villagers, and to succeed in a way no other Nepali village buddies would dream of. It all depends on personal character, ideology , thinknig, relationships, and way of living with others. GOD helps those who help fellowmen. Another issue: Do you think Rudra born in a village has such rudimentary ideas? He always had dramatic charismatic ideas that could shake the spirit of modern day city dwellers. So, Good thinknig, Geeta Spirit(do your Job, do not think of fruits) is the motto that make others successful.
    AArju, even if you dad were a farmer, it is not necessary that you would have been the same. Time as changed for As you sow, so you mow, or, As Father as Children, AS the King and so are Pupils. Time has broken all such boundaries for old folk lores, and moral science.

  2. Yestai Ho

    Aarju I sort of disagree that you would be a farmer somewhere in remote Nepal if your father had taken different route. Had he taken different course, Rudra would not have been married with Muna. This is becuase a city girl usually do not marry with illiterate village boy. Imagine now!

    Yestai Ho

  3. Sanju

    Practicing for result oriented work and listening would be far better then self marketing and …. this is what I learned.

    Highly appreciate work done waiting to read more.

  4. Vish

    Somebody once said “who can not hear music thinks dancer is mad”. Perhaps listening will enhance to understand dancer and dance.

    Enjoyed your write 0up!

  5. GeetaFan

    Geeta, Rocky articles really entice one to have vision and success ahead. Arju seems to be looking at the real fact that”My mother and father have really shaped my beliefs in many ways. They have worked extremely hard in Nepal in order to come to America and achieve the success that they have today. If my father had taken one different step, I would be farming in the fields of rural Nepal right now.” It also shows that she listened to the facts and shrugs, shivers at prospect of other way round. Geeta(The Duty Thesis) tells otherwise: Whatever, however wherever you are, just perform Karma (duty) and you will win the ripe fruit to the end like anybody else.

  6. erica fan

    There is a program in National Public Radio called “I believe.” I do suggest you to send this. The chances of being broadcast is slim because of the sheer volume of essays they receive but certainly worth trying.

    Keep up the good work Erica.

    ” Writing is an art not a chance
    As those move easiest who knows how to dance.”

  7. Geeta

    Your writing style mathces to that of your father. Rudra deep drives in his writing, move very fast and I find you doign the same thing. This is compliment becuase I like rocky path when I am reading an article.

    Geeta – the Geeta Lover!

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