Listening is an act of kindness.
Acts of kindness are sometimes intentional. I really have to stop and think, “What can I do today to extend kindness?” Who knew it takes thought!? 😂
I was running errands yesterday, and felt led to stop by the pizza place. I knew Boss man would be there alone preparing for another day of business, but I also knew, he’s had a rough week.
I walked in and found him sitting at a table, so I sat down beside him, touched his arm and asked, “How’s your heartbeat? Unload your week?”
That’s all it took for the floodgates to open.
I just sat and listened.
I didn’t offer my opinion or any advice. I gently touched his arm when he shared something painful, just to reassure him of my presence.
Twenty minutes later, he was unburdened. He began laughing and joking with me as he walked into the kitchen to start lunch. He was a little more free to enjoy his day.
As I was leaving he thanked me for stopping by, but I didn’t really feel like I did anything. All I did was listen, but that’s all he needed. Let them unload.