“Do you think I would ever be able to learn the language of the animals?” I asked . . .
“Well,” said the parrot .”Are you a good noticer? Do you notice things well? . . . That’s what we call the powers of observation–noticing the small things about birds and animals: the way they walk and flip their wings, the way they sniff the air and twitch their whiskers and wiggle their tails. You have to notice all those little things if you want to learn animal language . .”
“Being a good listener is terribly important.”
— The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting.
Wow, what we could accomplish if we paid attention.