We are in a season of listening. This time of preparation is full of reflection. Oftentimes our spiritual exercises have been triggered by what someone has said in the past or by something that is read in the present or by what we imagine the future holds. We know about several listening styles. Understanding the message being sent is a goal that is not always achieved. There are several reasons why clarity does not happen. It has been reported that 70% of what people hear has been filtered and changed. Effective communication includes flexibility and awareness in the listener.