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I am more observant. It gives me an opportunity to think before I act or speak.
When listening to my wife, daughter and/or my son after one or the other has had a particularly difficult day, I have slowly been learning (I am a remedial learner) to leave the problem solving realm and just listen with all the awareness I can muster. Non judgmental, non partisan and I suppose as the question asks “with true curiosity”. If I am asked for advice I will share but if not just let them “vent”. Sometimes that is enough to give them solace they seek in the present moment.
You are helping them feel heard and that is a gift and blessing to them.
Happy Sunday Joseph,
I am also a remedial learner. I has this same conversation with my daughter yesterday. She was struggling and I asked herhow I could help. She told me she doesn’t need me to solve the problem, just to listen. I supposed it;s why God gave me two ears and 1 mouth. You post was spot on for me today. Thanks for sharing.
I relax and so feel more energised, allowing the mental space for more creative solutions. I actually enjoy the challenge of solving priblems.
The situation becomes a journey of wonder and adventure.
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