Overburdened by emotional stress, a friend called to tell me some of the details of a domestic dispute. I felt rather honoured that she trusted me enough to reveal what goes on inside the family. And tried to live upto the trust by giving some terrific insights about the situation.
And then when she barely registered these pearls of wisom, I realised that she wanted someone to listen. It was an unburdening- of- her- soul to a sympathetic listener and not really a asking-for-your-advice session. And so I listened.
And, REFRAINED from sharing the story of someone in a similar position. Though of course it sprang up immediately in my mind.
And it gives me hope that someday, I will be the perfect listener.