“We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.”
How often do you speak with someone and get frustrated because they are ‘not listening’ or you feel they have a problem for every solution? Maybe they are not ready to hear what you are saying, or maybe they need time to absorb what you have said.
How many times has someone spoken to you and you can tell they are frustrated with you because you are not listening. How many times do you have a problem for every solution? Maybe you are not ready to hear them, or maybe you need some time to absorb what they are saying.
Often when we want or need help, it is the time we are least likely to listen. We want a solution that works for us right now, but we forget to take into consideration all the other factors. It can be very frustrating for both sides of that situation.
Sometimes it takes a few times of hearing something before it really settles in and resonates. Sometimes the facts of a situation are scary and we are just not ready even though we know what we have been told is right, or at least the most right of the choices.
My mom used to tell me that when you are really trying you never make a wrong decision in the moment, even if it ends up being the wrong decision in the long run. So just because what someone does or doesn’t do is not the way you would handle a situation, it does not mean they made the wrong decision, in that moment, for themselves.
You cannot change someone’s mind unless they are ready to change it, but you can plant the seed and give them another way of seeing something.