Monday, May 2, 2011

Can you lend me your ears?

I was extremely busy this Monday morning when a colleague approached me and said," Can I share something? I don't know if I should share this to you. But I really need to speak to someone. I know you're busy, but can you lend me your ears?"

"Sure", I said.

Without giving the other details, she cried, I got teary eyed. I held back because I had to be strong enough as a listener. Besides, I don't want to be red-eyed after that. LOL. Well, I have those eyes which are hard to tame after shedding a tear or two. So, I listened.

And I said my piece and hugged her.

It's amazing how that few minutes of genuine listening lifted a burden.

What if I said no and paid more attention to my tasks?

She was so grateful. But as I go to sleep tonight, I realized that I am more grateful. I will bring this happier feeling of being trusted.

As they say, there are few triggers that can equal a good book, a good walk, a good hug, or a good friend. And these come for free.


kg said...

time and listening ears are one of the best gifts we can offer others. :)

Josiet said...

That was so nice of you to listen and listen well! And for her to tell you something heavy, she must have trusted you.

Happy Tuesday =)

Kate said...

You are very kind, Jo :)

kayni said...

that was very nice of you. sometimes, we just need "listening ears" to get through tough times.

Photo Cache said...

Listening is a lost art. I'm glad you were able to make that quick decision to lend her your ears and your shoulders for her to cry on.