Listening is something many of us are not good at. We say we are listening but our minds are somewhere else. The words go in but are filtered or not heard. Little wonder then that relationships become strained. Not listening is not being engaged. So many things are missed. Nuances are left unrecognised. Noticing those nuances can mean the difference between understanding, or not. Its like seeing but not comprehending.
The above image is about listening. The Watch Captain is listening for the sounds emitted by whales so that he can take his passengers to where these wondrous creatures of the sea can be seen. His passengers are relying on him. He needs to be able to filter out the sounds that don’t matter to discern those that do.
Image taken off Kaikoura on the north eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island.