After pounding a point over and over to my former boss one day a few years back, she said, “Don’t worry. You are being heard,” indicating to me that she acknowledges my opinion and ensures she has taken it into consideration.
It occurred to me, though, that even though I’m being heard, and even though I might be right, it doesn’t mean she’s going to do what I want. She hears me and is listening to me and considering my thoughts, but it doesn’t mean I’ll get what I want.
Heard does not always mean decisions will be in your favor, and that’s a lesson I have to learn. But even with that, it’s nice to be heard.