When you are silent, it’s okay.
You really care, even if you feel like you don't.
When you sit and listen to someone who's venting or just talking about their problems o or processing through their emotions, you are conveying the message that you care.
There are times where someone close to you wants to talk about what they are going through, and deep inside they just want you to listen.
No advice, no suggestions, just listen.
This can be hard because when we don’t give feedback, sometimes we feel like we’re really not helping.
Even if the answer is plain as day, and we want to shout it at them, it pails in comparison to the friend calmly sits and listens.
Listening can sound so passive, but it really speaks volumes.
When you listen and only listen, you are conveying a message to your friend that you truly care about how they feel and what they are going through.
It’s important that this “non-verbal” message is communicated in your relationships because this is what build trust.
Yes, sometimes advice can help, but listening opens up YOUR heart to hear what your friend is saying, and creates an opportunity for you to show them empathy.
Listening is a skill that takes a lot of cultivating and discipline.
When we master our ability to listen, we will be a great friend than we ever thought we could be.