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Sara Cox sits in for Chris Evans with music and chat.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Bee Gees

    Stayin' Alive

    • Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits.
    • Polydor.
  • The Human League

    Love Action (I Believe In Love)

    • More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various).
    • Disky.
  • Mark Ronson

    I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 005.
  • The Cure

    The Love Cats

    • The Cure - Staring At The Sea.
    • Fiction.
  • Manfred Mann

    Do Wah Diddy Diddy

    • Ages Of Mann.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Kool & The Gang

    Celebration

    • Kool & The Gang - The Singles Collect.
    • Phonogram.
  • Andy Grammer

    Honey I'm Good

    • Magazines Or Novels.
    • S-Curve Records.
    • 001.
  • All Saints

    Never Ever

    • Love (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Status Quo

    Caroline

    • Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Queen

    We Will Rock You

    • News Of The World.
    • Island.
    • 1.
  • Deee‐Lite

    Groove Is In The Heart

    • The Best Of 100% Dance (Various Artists).
    • Telstar.
  • Rod Stewart

    Love Is

    • Another Country.
    • Capitol Records.
  • The Brand New Heavies

    Dream On Dreamer

    • Now 28 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • The Crystals

    Then He Kissed Me

    • The Best Of The Crystals.
    • Phil Spector Int.
  • Badfinger

    Come & Get It

    • Magic Christian Music By Badfinger.
    • Apple.
  • Chuck Berry

    Johnny B. Goode

    • That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • Lipps, Inc.

    Funky Town

    • And They Danced All Night.
    • Debutante.
  • Pharrell Williams

    Happy

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Heatwave

    Boogie Nights

    • Too Hot To Handle.
    • BBR.
    • 013.
  • Scouting for Girls

    Heartbeat

    • (CD Single).
    • Epic.
  • Cher

    If I Could Turn Back Time

    • Cher - The Greatest Hits.
    • WEA/Universal.
  • Jack Savoretti

    Written In Scars

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG Chrysalis.
    • 001.
  • Canned Heat

    On The Road Again

    • The Hits Of 1968 (Various Artists).
    • MFP.
  • Etta James

    I Just Want To Make Love To You

    • Etta James- The Genuine Article.
    • Mca/Chess.
  • Jack Johnson

    Better Together

    • (CD Single).
    • Brushfire Records.
  • Limahl

    Never Ending Story

    • Kajagoogoo & Limahl: The Singles.
    • EMI.
  • Crowded House

    Fall At Your Feet

    • Mixed Emotions III (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • UB40

    Red Red Wine

    • Now 1983 - The Millennium Series.
    • EMI.
  • Madness

    One Step Beyond

    • Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various).
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Charlie Puth

    Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Noah and the Whale

    Tonight's The Kind Of Night

    • (CD Single).
    • Mercury.
    • 1.
  • Guns N’ Roses

    Sweet Child O' Mine

    • The Hits Album 10 (Various Artists).
    • Hits Album.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

A good listener is a rarity. It takes courage to speak up but it takes even more courage to listen well. So it’s a wise counsellor who enables others to speak freely and honestly. It was part of ancient Greek philosophy (Diogenes) that we are given two ears and only one tongue, so that we might listen more and talk less. As a priest I have to be a good listener.

Samaritans are another group who continue to save countless lives simply by listening to stories of sadness and rejection in a way that allows the caller to find hope in their own story.

Every time I answer my phone I have to remind myself that, to this unknown caller, I’m probably the last chance they have of finding someone to listen to them. They may not have another opportunity to share their story.

Over the years I’ve learned that listening gets me into less trouble than talking does. Giving desperate people time and my full attention is invariably the most effective way to help them. Listening well not only eases their turmoil but is actually life-giving and life-saving.

To listen well means being able to hear the pain of what is NOT said; to recognise the hurt expressed in both their words and their silences. I listen to understand them rather than to judge them. I become aware of not only their words, but their feelings and emotions too.

That could be why St James says “everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to be angry,” (James 1:19) because Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening and learning.

Wisdom tells me that without silence, words lose their meaning. Without listening I forfeit the opportunity to heal.

And best of all, I discovered as I worked on this Pause for Thought, that the words  S IL EN T and L I S T E N are composed of the exact same letters re-arranged.

 

 

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