The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
To listen is to continually give up all expectation and to give our attention, completely and freshly, to what is before us, not really knowing what we will hear or what that will mean. In the practice of our days, to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.