As the isolation eases up, I’m trying listen more and be openly curious of those around me. Most times I’m shy and respectful of others lives, and will not ask about areas I don’t feel the person gave me an opening.
I don’t think this is the right approach anymore. I will ask if I’m curious, and understand if the person doesn’t want to share. I will be more comfortable with silence, or at least not jump first to break it. In other words, I want this to be said about me someday:
He was humble, respectful, and listened more than he spoke.
📖 Ken Liu, The Grace of Kings
There’s a balance between being respectful and uninterested. I’m hoping to find mine.