We have two ears and only one mouth. Listen when others talk. There is a difference between hearing and really listening. Evaluate their words. Show that you are listening by your actions, and don’t interrupt. Some people are born to talk. You know the type. They hear the first three words out of your mouth and take it from there.

Part of a minimalistic lifestyle is learning to be quiet more and listen. You will learn things you never picked up on before. Obviously this will necessitate talking less. Don’t think about the reply to someone’s statement while they are talking, just listen to what they have to say.

“Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.” Proverbs 17:28.