Thursday, 24 March 2011

We always try to comfort those in distress

When we know someone is in distress our immediate reaction is to comfort them, perhaps to tell them that things will get better, it won't always feel this bad.

Often  we try to 'fix' them, and ask them if they have thought about X, Y or Z.

However, if we really want to comfort someone who is distressed, we could allow ourselves to listen, without judgement, without trying to fix them, without looking for ways we feel they could improve their lives.

 An empathetic ear is the greatest gift we can offer -  and we have two to spare.