Bailey, faithful companion & teacher
When I'd be in less than an ideal mood, he didn't care. He'd sit at my feet and happily let me pet him; his simple presence helping me to calm down. Like the best human listeners, Bailey didn't have to say anything - he just had to be present. Unlike people, dogs seem to have an ability to effortlessly be in the moment, fully present. In relating to others, people often try to come up with solutions rather than really listening and hearing what's being expressed, verbally and nonverbally. As a coach and trainer, I am full of ideas which I love to share. However, I have learned that sometimes what is really needed is to simply sit back and listen to and receive another's story.
The 10 lessons
Consider this response:
I may not agree with your opinion. I will agree that you have the right to speak. You have different experiences than I do. When I listen, I can and will learn. I still might not agree with your opinion. I will always do my best to honor your opinion. AND I will always consider you a dear friend. Your heart is in the right place. We all need to feel heard.
How often do we just need someone to listen to us?
Remember people count.
Dance with Democrats.
Dance with Republicans.
Dance with Independents.
And if you can’t dance physically,
dance with your eyes, your heart,
and your kind loving spirit.
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the power of Encouragement