I love people.  I love talking to people.

I love hearing people talk.

Well, most people.

But, you know what’s better than talking?

When you shut your mouth and listen.

Just listen.

You might hear a friend who is struggling with her career.

You might hear a mom who is worried about her daughter.

You might hear a sister who is working on her marriage.

You might hear a husband who needs your attention.

You might hear a colleague who is figuring out of she belongs.

You might hear a daughter who just wants to play a game of Memory.

You might hear a son who wants you to put down your phone and play Legos.

You know, sometimes people don’t want to talk to you because they need you to solve their problem.  Sometimes they want to be able to look into your eyes and know that you’re really listening and that you truly care.

So the next time someone comes to you to talk.  Before you interrupt to tell them how to fix it or tell them what you did when it happened to you.

Stop.

Wait.

Listen.  Just listen.  They’ll appreciate it because you will have made them feel like in that moment – they were the most important thing in your life.  And that should make you both feel good.

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