There must be a reason why talking and listening are difficult to engage in simultaneously. If it were easy, no one will accuse anyone of talking endlessly but not listening enough. No teacher will ever need to reprimand a student to stop talking to his seatmate, to pay attention, and to listen. And spouses... well, you know what I mean.
Sometime in my youth, I read that people were created with two ears and one mouth so that they can listen twice as much as they talk. Or so that they can limit talking to half the time and the effort they use to listen. Have you heard that one about saying nothing if you have nothing to say?
I admire quiet and pensive people who talk only when they have to. When they do, we actually stop to listen because they always make sense. I suspect that they always make sense because their default position in communication is listening, and listening makes us think, and thinking makes us circumspect, judicious, and eventually, hopefully, wise.
My word for 2018 thus, is LISTEN.
Be still and know that I am God.
~ Psalm 46:10