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A Listening Problem

Well-known Broadway producer Jed Harris once became convinced he was losing his hearing. He visited a specialist, who pulled out a gold watch and asked “Can you hear this ticking?”

“Of course,” Harris replied.

The specialist walked to the door and asked the question again.

Harris concentrated and said, “Yes, I can hear it clearly.”

Then the doctor walked into the next room and repeated the question a third time. A third time Harris said he could hear the ticking.

“Mr. Harris,” the doctor concluded, “there is nothing wrong with your hearing. You just don’t listen.”

Today in the Word, June 9, 1992