Thought for April 27th – What Can You Say?
Listening is such an essential skill and the more we think we understand how to listen along comes a situation to prove us so wrong. Sometimes all another person needs is someone to listen to them.
Bumping into a Woman
Today's contribution is the opposite of one made a few days ago "Welcome good news when you hear it" well yesterday I walked around the corner and almost bumped into a lady, but her story was so very different to my earlier one.
Having nearly mowed her down in my own personal haste I felt it my duty to at least listen for a couple of moments. Turns out she had just returned from her worst holiday ever. Her husband spent the entire time in hospital. They had just returned home, her husband had been admitted into hospital near home.
Having given him time to settle in and finding that the medical staff wanted to perform a series of tests she felt it was time to go home and sort herself out before returning to her husband's side after refreshing herself. She had called a taxi and was awaiting its arrival. This is where this clumsy imp walked around the corner without looking.
What Can You Say?
At the time there was little I could say to assist her. Listening seemed all that I could do at the time, and looking back on it that was all I probably could have done for this total stranger. Sometimes listening is worth a thousand words. Sometimes there is nothing you can say. As complex as that may seem in this world full of advice.
Saying nothing and simply listening can be so helpful for the other person. Also strange as it may seem it is the listening ear of a stranger in a passing moment that adds support. How can that be? This all seems illogical yet it works.
Recent pages in this series...
- Thought for April 26th – Persevere and You Will Succeed
- Help Where You Can
- Welcome Good News When You Hear it
- No Slipping Here! Time to Review
- Try Something New
- Slipping, Yet Achieving Your Goals
- Leveraging Freedom
- Assisting Others when They Need it
- Communicate with those that Matter
- Listen to Your Body
- So? Something Went Wrong! Don't Panic, Just Get Going Again
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