Thought for April 27th – What Can You Say?

Peter B. Giblett By Peter B. Giblett, 26th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/39ut5yw8/
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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.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Apr 2012 (#)

If you say anything, other than sorry you have slapped them in the face. Some people have the response of telling how bad their life's problems are rather than just listening to the first person.
Indeed sometimes it is best to shut up and listen.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Apr 2012 (#)

So right Mark. I had a split second decision as to whether to stay or go on with my haste. I suppose it was the tear welling up in her eye that made me pause and listen.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Good for you, Peter, for giving her the time and space to tell her story.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Steve, the funny thing is that chance meetings like this are fervent grounds for lessons to be learnt. The moment stays with you and triggers a personal lesson. That is the purpose of this series, learning these small yet important personal lessons.

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author avatar Val Mills
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Another well told piece of advice.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
27th Apr 2012 (#)

True, your listening alone can a great relief for the other person.

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author avatar Buzz
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Interesting and very helpful piece, Peter. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Listening is the toughest part for most. But sometimes, more soothing than mere words of comfort. Thanks for reminding, Peter - siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Apr 2012 (#)

Val, Pradeep, Buzz and Siva, Thanks for your responses are all important.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
29th Apr 2012 (#)

I can talk to Wikinut and I never am unheard. I wake in the night and need to talk and here is Wikinut!
Thank you, Peter, for this page.

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