We Show up
What is it that makes a difference for people who are struggling? Is it what we say? Is it what we do? We naturally want to do something about a situation when people share their circumstances – offer a solution, suggest a course of action. But one of the most valuable things we can do is simply to show up!
By spending time with others, we eliminate their aloneness. Some of the most lonely people I know are in a room full of people. They often feel alone in their circumstances and their challenges. We let clients know by our presence that they do not have to deal with anything by themselves.
Hear their story
What we hear for the first time as you begin to share your story, may very well be the first time you have heard it out loud as well. We are providing not only a relationship, but a place you can vocalize what you are experiencing in your life. The exercise of putting your story into words can be extremely helpful in itself.
There is no judgment. No condemnation. Just listening and reflecting. For these moments, your are the priority. Someone listening to you like you are the most important person on the planet. You may tell more than you want to. And all of us will be the better for having heard it.
-Winnie the Pooh