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Listening for change

It seems easier to hate 
because you're different then me
If I change my way of thinking
then I might be able to see

Everything has a reason
If I take time to look back
By truly understanding
I won't go on the attack

For once I begin hearing
my ears will open my heart
Change can happen in a moment
if I'm willing to play my part

For if my expectations 
are for you to be just like me
I will become your oppressor
and neither of us will be free

I ask you not to fear me
instead listen to me too
Those things we have in common
I believe will be quite a few....

For Becca's Contest

Written July 23rd 2016

Copyright © Richard Lamoureux | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 7/25/2016 6:39:00 PM

    Hi Richard, an excellent write once more. How can we understand if we don't listen to others? I hope this one does well in the contest. Would this world be a better place if we did communicate? This piece makes one think deeply on the question and it is one we should think deeper on. This is a seven and a fave Richard....Mike.
  1. Date: 7/25/2016 5:31:00 PM

    A fine write, Richard, and how very true. Real communication has two elements, and if there is no listening, not just hearing, everything goes belly up. Good luck in the contest. Regards, Viv
  1. Date: 7/25/2016 1:38:00 PM

    great ideas and well written, Richard. I really should try this particular contest. I can't seem to get myself to listen to that video or song. And now I am rushing off again!! Listening is SO important in today's world!
  1. Date: 7/25/2016 6:44:00 AM

    Wise words, Richard. By listening and understanding others we can change. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
  1. Date: 7/24/2016 12:28:00 PM

    A lot of common sense here, as is always reflected in your words, listening out of respect we will learn something, great write!
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 6:15:00 PM

    Yes true Rick, I have an asian friend who does salsa dancing and no, we do not have that in common lol, but we do have many others. I don't know what the contest is but hope this does well. Take care, Richard
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 3:49:00 PM

    and so it is, rich!... such a wise, splendid reflection!.. huggs
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 1:22:00 PM

    This is a sentiment that has to be mirrored... Nicely done
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 12:50:00 PM

    An open heart and mind can really change a person...loved this write. How are you, Rick? I'm visiting the writes of some friends today, so I thought I'd come to see you. Hugs!
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 11:13:00 AM

    Great to see you featured! Congrats!
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 10:33:00 AM

    One must always improve his/her attitude. A give and take is necessary. GL with the contest.
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 10:13:00 AM

    I agree with your Mom...
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 9:52:00 AM

    So true We need to listen to others to know who we are. Good luck in the contest A 7 from me Love Mom