“Listen to Me or I Will Beat You”- The Boxer

All lies and jest, still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. – Simon and Garfunkel, The BoxerSimon+&+Garfunkel+-+The+Boxer+-+7-+RECORD-103305

How are you at taking criticism?  Hearing with an open mind those political opinions differing from your own?

Is there a reactionary filter that flies up to protect your mind or values when the voice of dissent crosses your path?

Growth means two things… sometimes it means change.  You listen, you understand, you change.  Maybe you were wrong, misinformed or you misunderstood before.  New information has come up.  So you change.

Growth also means you don’t change your mind, your course or your value.  Instead you become stronger because you’ve faced criticism or conflict, and instead of altering your stance it has only reinforced your position.  You know now, more than ever, that you were right.  Yes, that’s growth.  Anytime you get better, more equipped and more informed about what you do and know, it’s progress.  It’s education.  It’s sharpening your knowledge base and skills.  It’s growth.

So don’t just hear what you want to hear… listen to the good and the gross.  It will make you a better you.

Enjoy this remake of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “The Boxer”.

The Boxer- Mumford & Sons

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