Yesterday as I was scrolling through Facebook status reports, I noticed one of my Facebook friends had posted one of those "re-post this as your status" thing that had to do with needing someone to talk to. I hardly ever even comment on these things, let alone actually re-post as my status. But for some reason, I felt compelled to leave a comment. I wanted this person to know that just because I wouldn't re-post doesn't mean I wouldn't be there if he really needed an ear to lean on. I told him that anyone can copy and paste, but listening is a practice. This brought me to something I heard Judith Lasater say at one of her workshops. She challenged us to stop what we were doing, turn and look at the person when they are talking to you. To give that person all of your attention. For the most part, I'm really good about doing this. I tend to be more mindful of the times when I am not and then I feel guilty for not listening completely. But when this happens, I have learned to stop and say "I'm sorry. I was not truly listening. Please repeat it. I promise, I'm listening now." and then I give that person my full attention. See? Listening is a practice.
I am thankful for these lessens. I am thankful that I know that there is always someone I can turn to when I need to talk about something. I am thankful for the reminders that I have these people in my life. Also, I am thankful for all of you who chimed in on the glassware. I have decided to put them up on EBay and sell them.
Happy Thankful Friday and Blessed Weekend!
Also, it's National Doughnut Day! Nom nom nom.