I think I told you a while back that I had the very great privilege of hearing Fr. Henri Nouwen give a whole series of lectures back in the 70s. In that series he talked a lot about what he called "downward mobility". That concept was a huge influence on me regarding my willingness to listen to God about what was to become my vocation. Here's something else about the ability to pay attention to the God who is ever present as well as to each other:
Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.