Why is it that there are people who simply don’t listen and you have to reiterate half of anything you might say to them? Many of us work with individuals who don’t really listen when we speak. We spend at least half our time repeating what we previously said. You wouldn’t mind except that is a daily occurance and we constantly have to reiterate everything we say. It would seem obvious that in a business day, at work, that your workmates would pay attention and listen. Yet, often their minds are cluttered and they don’t really focus on what you are saying. I find myself saying, “I told you in the previous conversation.” Half they time they agree and the other half they argue. When we were in school, the teachers always said “Pay attention.” We were forced to and had to focus. Even as parents we tend to reiterate the same phrases to our children almost everyday in the hopes that at least a portion of it will remain in their brains. Part of the issues today are probably the attachment people have to their phones. They can focus on them far and away more easily that sitting and listening to a conversation. There are some families who have instituted a new rule for their homes and find it is working: ‘No phones at the table.’ It’s a really good idea. It gives families a chance to have real conversations without the constant dinging from any mobile phone. In the Good Gus series, parents did reiterate to their children. Unfortunately, they didn’t always listen which is why the stories are so much fun! The series is available on Kindle worldwide and at the Miramar Marine Base in San Diego, California. Mae’s Story Time is always available on You Tube. If you find you have to reiterate everything you are saying throughout your day, take a reading break with “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.