The art of listening

By Paulo Coelho

The wise man, Saadi of Shiraz, was walking along a road with his disciple when he saw a man trying to get his mule to move. When the animal refused to budge, the man began calling him the worst names he could think of.

‘Don’t be silly,’ said Saadi. ‘The mule will never learn your language. You would do better to calm down and learn his language.’

And as he walked away, he remarked to his disciple:

‘Before you get into an argument with a mule, remember the scene you have just witnessed.’

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Comments

  1. une vraie mule says:

    Hi! Han ! La route est longue, je perce mes dents…

  2. preejes george says:

    I AM 20 YEARS OLD I EXPECT SOME POSITIVE COMMENTS PLEAS RESPOND ME $GIVE SOME TIPS FOR MY FUTER

  3. sanabel says:

    It’s true ,words are worthy and we should’t waste them for persons who are far to understand.
    May God give us the ability to distinguish between people who desrve it and those who don’t.

  4. Karen says:

    Dear preejes george,

    Never stop dreaming, Dreams paint your world with the most amazing colors

    Whatever may come, keep holding on with all that you have to HIGH HOPES; they are the most precious blessing… It keeps us moving forward…

    Believe in all the goodness that we were given

    It’s the little things that will turn your days around… Just open your eyes and listen…

    Have faith in life, have faith and you will see infinite possibilities in your future

    If you ever reach a dark place in your life, remember that the sun will always rise. It will reign over every darkness… Tomorrow will be OK

    There’s a guardian angel beside you, who looks at you with great love, who takes care of you, you smiles when you are happy, who catches your tears when you cry, who holds you hand when you fall down… who whispers to you when you’re alone… who carries your words to the heart of God, who always prays for you so that your life would be good…
    There’s a guardian angel beside you…

    Smile

    Love, don’t be afraid…
    Love with everything that you have!

    :)

  5. preejes george says:

    I AM 20 YEARS OLD I EXPECT SOME POSITIVE COMMENTS PLEAS RESPOND ME $GIVE SOME TIPS FOR MY FUTER

  6. Trueee!!! :D So many times I catch myself trying to explain things to someone that is so far to understand! Thanks for the message, Paulo!

    Beijo!

    Marta ;)

  7. WENDY ESPINZA says:

    We are rational animals… in life we are going to encounter with difficult and stubborn people and the best way to deal with them is to be patient, and never try to argue with them. they tink they are right and is a very difficult task to get that idea out of their heads only time will let them realize how wrong they were.

  8. Karen says:

    We close our eyes
    We try to control our escalating rage
    Anger would only keep our thoughts imprisoned
    We breathe…
    We think…

    The picture slowly gets clear
    The solution is one step away…

    We begin to untie the dilemma…
    With of our calmness, the mule will move.

    Peace, the universal language to learn, cherish and remember.