How many times have you spent a year

As “they” spent an hour filling your ear

With the dribble and drabble of their life

The minutest detail of their mundane strife


If only you had a recording tape

And could force them to listen without escape

Did they ever think of the impact

Of stories they shared or their lack of tact


It would be great if we all had a filter

That enabled your mind with an impact sniffer

That way we’d know if our anecdotes

Would mean very much to other folks


Now that I’ve risked being profound

I think I’ll have a slight turn around

The content is not that important so then

The impact remembered is presence and when


The thing that’s recalled after contact

It allures way more than words impact

The smiles warm reception eye contact too

Was there just talking or listening too


How do you make assessments of the people you meet?

What engages you and makes you want more connection?

Have you used the same metric in evaluating your likely impact on others?

Does thinking about this motivate any behavior change on your part?

– Stewart Levine ©

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