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This I Believe . . .

One of my favorite tea mugs has a painting of a cat on it, with the words “What people really need is a good listening to.” Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of how true this is. If only it were as easy to apply that principle across the board! . . . . Dr. Alicia Conill emphasizes the importance of listening in healthcare – indeed in our lives as a whole. She says, “Listening to someone’s story costs less than expensive diagnostic testing but is key to healing and diagnosis.” Hers is a loving reminder to us all of the importance of taking time and being in relationship.

Alicia Conill

The text of her essay for This I Belive is reproduced below. Listen to her read it at

According to, This I Believe is an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here and featured on public radio in the United States and Canada, as well as in regular broadcasts on NPR. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

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