Your story made me think of this quote I read somewhere. It goes something like this - during a conversation, most people are thinking about what they're going to say back to rather than actually listening to you. I'm pretty sure I butchered it, but I think you get my point.
I strive to listen actively, which means calming my mind and avoiding the temptation to say something back. I'm not perfect at it, but I found it conveys to others how much I care about them and value their thoughts.
Sorry for going on a tangent; your story inspired and reminded me of the value of listening.
Of your suggestions, the tip of the positive relationship resonated with me. I agree; when we listen, it shows genuine respect. I couldn't have said it better myself!
Your story's strongest aspect was the underlying message, and it was a great one to share. Unfortunately, I didn't uncover any suggestions to share with you, so I'll thank you for reminding us of the importance of actively listening!