Are you waiting for your turn?
Are you sifting through their words looking for just what you need to refute their point?
Are you running through your story, joke, or introduction?
The most miraculous thing between two people is when we can stop running our own agenda, let go of our fear, and just listen. In that act of bravery, of trust, we create the opportunity for something new to happen.
When we tune the other person out and listen to the echo chamber of our own thoughts, there’s no miracle. Just the same words we’ve heard a million times.