I believe I’ve used up all my words this week. I have done a lot of talking but I’ve also done a lot of listening. Not just listening to business needs but listening to personal issues. I’ve met several people that have talked to me on a personal level. I’ve heard about bad breakups, a guy afraid to admit he’s gay, a parent worried about his children due to their mom is dying, a schizophrenic teen, one with daddy issues, one living at home with parents because life is just too expensive, one feeling like she didn’t fit in. I believe I’ve been the bartender of automotive this week. And you know, I’m good with it because, at the end of the day, they just want to be heard. They need to tell someone, they need to heal, they need to be assured they are gonna be okay. They all need the same thing and that’s emotional support. The relief on their face when they feel safe to say their stuff to me is priceless. I listen, I don’t judge, I encourage them, and assure them it’s going to be okay. It’s not hard to listen to people. They just want to be heard. We all want to be heard. We want to know we are important enough to be heard. If someone is comfortable enough to open up and talk to you and share their stuff, let them. You could be saving a life. Listen without judging and never use their stuff against them. That’s one way to get people to shut down is to take the information they give you and use it against them. Help someone heal today by letting them talk and feel heard.