I love this quote.  How often do you find yourself in a conversation with someone who either interrupts you constantly to hear themselves speak or who talk about themselves nonstop.  Honestly, I can think of several friends like this in the past, but they are not the ones that I really have stayed in touch with through the moves and children.  Why?  Probably because it takes two people to have a good relationship.  If my role in the friendship is to be the one (and only one) who always makes contact and sets up times to be together.....well, then that may have just been harder for me to do as life roles switched and as geography took us farther apart.  

The point is, listen to others.  Ask people about themselves.  And not to be "interesting", but because you truly care.  To me, this quote is more about understanding what it takes to develop interesting relationships then just being an interesting person alone.  Go read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie if you want to hear more. 

As a pharmacist and health professional, it is part of our job and duty to listen to others.  To really understand what the patient is asking - sometimes this means looking further than what the person is saying and learning to read body language and dig deeper to find out the real question.  I mean, how often have you lied to your doctor?! 

WellnessJoanna Simmon