Today, someone listened to me.
For the last few days, I’ve been speaking, asking for advice or assistance, and those who should be able to help have been either ignoring me, fobbing me off, or twisting my words to ‘Policy-speak’… so that they can be fobbed off.
Today, a kind gentleman listened. I was made welcome and paid full attention to. Intelligent and curious questions were asked, and a true conversation was had.
My gratefulness for this simple courtesy knows no bounds. I was reassured and helped, but also buoyed up and inspired by the entire experience.
I know this should be how we communicate as individuals, truly listening and engaging with those we meet, but sometimes this seemes to be a skill we are losing. I’m as guilty of this as anyone, I admit – but I do try to catch and correct myself as I go!
So those who listen – truly listen – will always have my respect and admiration. I will do my best to listen likewise, to both the words and the tonal subleties beneath. We deserve this small politeness in life, as we connect as friends or just passing neighbours… and certainly when seeking and offering assistance in times of need.