Are you listening?
Are you listening to one's endless nagging? Is it because one can't seem to get through to you? Will the list of complaints gets longer if one cannot find their solutions soon? Are there hidden messages that were missed in seemingly 'empty' talks? Are you listening, listening... before the sinking, sinking... hand disappears under? Some people may have the knowledge, but it takes great patience, efforts, energy and compassion to listen. It requires knowing when to step out of the shoe after stepping into it. And listening in silence is a skill, interrupting hinders those much awaited expressions and words that were just coming through... That is why we have two ears but only one mouth! A carer for cancer patients once said, 'one must be kind to oneself in order to be kind to others.' This is because listening drains one emotionally if one does not recharge oneself in between. So are you listening?
“Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Listening like this is a real gift we give to others; but, as you say, it is also draining and we need to make sure we keep on building ourselves up too.
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