One of the greatest challenges we have in the world which is also the solution to our problems is listening. listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process.

Most times we try to communicate with people through talking,writing and even singing,we strive to talk but have we ever paused to ask ourselves if we have listeners?.It is one thing to communicate but it is another to have listeners. If only we would have more of listeners than bunch of talkers then life would be more easier and better.

If only husbands and wives would listen listen to each other then we won’t have this rate of divorce instead they both strive to be heard each trying to defend his or herself ,if only the husband will understand that she is not perfect and listen to her then he would have seen reasons why she did what she did.

If only parents would listen to their children we won’t have these number of children been misled into social vices by peer groups,if only the would listen to this children rather than try to impose doctrines and decisions on them then we won’t have these number of girls going into early marriage due to early pregnancy because they too had their reasons. If only children would listen to their parents then they won’t be making the mistake they are making today.

If only students would listen to their lecturers then we won’t be experiencing the rate of failure we see and we won’t be having half baked graduate because there would be no reason to cheat your way out of school.

If only members would listen to the preachers then we would have less sin and atrocities in the world and if preachers would listen to their members instead of imposing doctrines on them then we would have less hypocrite and If only government would listen to it’s citizens instead of imposing policies on them then we would have peace and better policies to enhance development.

Everyone wants to be heard but no one wants to listen. listening goes beyond looking at the person talking,sometimes we mistake present empty bodies for listeners .for you to listen you must first listen to your mind,control your thought and give your concentration. The truth is if you want people to listen to you,you must listen to others ,unfortunately most times the people who talk don’t even pause to listen to themselves they are carried away by talking.

Lastly today If only people will learn to listen to each other then we would have less conflict and we won’t be facing this crises today, crises are born out of conflict and conflict is as a result of clash of interest which results from the struggle to be heard. Every ethnic group, religion and country wants to be heard. People strive for power so that they can have a voice oh! If only they would just listen to each other then these life’s wouldn’t be wasted through the Bokaharam,the Niger Delta crisis,Biafra(civil war),the southern Kaduna crises, Jos crisis and other ethnic crises within and outside the country. If only the would listen, then we would understand ourselves and live in peace.

Published by faithakatiki

Faith Joseph is a Nigerian Citizen, a Personal Development Blogger and a young social development champion and a Lawyer by Profession. Akatiki is an lover of all forms of expressive art and has excelled in performing various. She is a passionate Writer and an Activist, she believes strongly in gender equity and holds the view that rather than being treated as male or female, we should be treated as humans irrespective of gender and make the world a better place for all.

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