Expecting us to adjust our perspective every time we encounter struggles so that we right away place ourselves in the shoes of someone who’s less fortunate isn’t practical. All we know is all we experience in our own lives. And yes, this may be limited but it is being human and it’s an inevitable limitation.
When we do take a moment to listen, we learn things that can’t be read in any book. We learn what the wind sounds like. We learn how erupting laughter sounds from across the room, and how secretive whispers sound from just a few inches away.