I like to think I’m a good listener all the time, but I’m probably not.
I like to think I’m a good friend all the time, but I’m probably not.
I like to think I make a difference in the world, but I may not (or may not ever see the results).
The other day, a friend revealed something to me that was of concern to her. She shared the details of this personal situation with me and I listened. It wasn't something for me to solve or jump in with my opinion. Toward the end of our conversation about that particular topic, she seemed surprised at herself, saying, “Wow, I haven’t shared that with anyone but my husband”. I joked, “Well, I do bring that out in people”. She said, “Apparently so”.
This was one of those times when –
I WAS a good listener
I WAS a good friend
I DID make a difference
It may not be all of the time, but what a gift to know there are times when I get it right.