You could say therapists are professional listeners. That doesn't mean we don't need to be reminded to shut up and put our listening ears on, especially when it comes to our own families. That's why I love that some clever person had this idea to create a National Day of Listening.
The writer Studs Terkel practically invented oral histories. He listened to common folk, survivors of the Great Depression, tell their stories. He revealed the truth, that everyday people are the true heroes of history, as much as generals or presidents. I wish I had had the forethought to record the fascinating stories my parents had to tell of their younger days, especially my mother who delighted in telling tales from her childhood.