The first step that each of us can take to proactively help heal our country is for each of us to become better listeners. This first step is a simple one but also a very powerful one. It seems like today there is so much noise, so much shouting, so much frustration and anger. We no longer have discussions. We no longer think and contemplate in a deeper way. We all need to make a conscious effort to listen to each other. Listening obviously does not mean agreeing. But listening is the first step in reaching some type of common ground. And there is plenty of common ground to be found.