Some days are much more poignant than others. For me, yesterday was one of those days. I didn’t start the day knowing that my heart would be pummeled by a barrage of emotion but the result of my escapades resulted in a tidal pool of understanding and empathy.
In the rare moments between talk and react lies the innate ability to just listen. The urge to respond is overwhelming but a silent voice in the deep reaches tells us to remain silent and, for those of us who can harness this wisdom and do nothing but pay attention, we let others feel comfortable to speak their truth. We give them an asylum to breathe deeply and exhale their reality. We give them an opportunity to be raw and completely honest.
Sometimes the most important gift we can give is our silence and I was reminded of this yesterday. If somebody wants your opinion, be honest. But if that somebody just wants you to listen, be silent. Really hear what it is that they want to say and wait until they ask for your thoughts. That gift of quietude can express your support in a way that words will never be able to achieve.
Sometimes the best advice you can give is no advice. Just be willing to sit back, truly hear what they are saying and let your friends know that they have the freedom to speak without interruption. Silence speaks louder than words.