Compassion

Listen

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What a different world it would be if it became a world full of “listeners”.

Listen

When I ask you to listen to me,

and you start giving me advice,

you have not done what I asked.

When I ask that you listen to me,

and you begin to tell me that I shouldn’t feel that way,

you are trampling on my feelings.

When I ask you to listen to me,

and you feel you have to do something to solve my problems,

you have failed me, strange as it may seem.

Listen:

All that I ask is that you listen,

not talk or do – just hear me.

When you do something for me

that I need to do for myself,

you contribute to my fear and feelings of inadequacy.

But when you accept as a simple fact

that I do feel what I feel, no matter how irrational,

then I can quit trying to convince you

and go about the business

of understanding what’s behind my feelings.

So, please listen and just hear me,

and, if you want to talk,

wait a minute for your turn –

and I’ll listen to you.

– Anonymous

Thanks to Jackie Trottmann for sharing this on her site.

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