Intently listening is an act of kindness toward another. When someone needs to share, providing a listening ear can offer warmth and comfort.
With the best of intention, wanting to jump in and fix the other person’s situation may come to the forefront. Even with those best intentions, they may cause further upset if advice or action aren’t warranted or asked for by the person sharing. Sometimes the greatest need is to be heard, respected and accepted exactly where we are.
A listening ear and warm shoulder is often the greatest gift we can offer.
~ Paraphrased from DailyWord
I had a different post scheduled today regarding what I posted last week. Given that today is voting day (for me), I didn’t feel it was appropriate yet. Come back next week to find out why. In the mean time, I thought this empathy quote was wonderful and wanted to share it.