Today I am thankful for the company that accompanied my morning coffee.
Let me explain.
This morning our youngest child tumbled down our steep, 14-step flight of stairs. If we want to point fingers, it was my fault for walking away from her at the top. That was a pretty rough start to our week. After a long weekend and a week prior to that full of deliberating over a humongous life decision that is of course becoming more complex ...which always leaves me feeling unsettled in my everyday, ordinary, present day reality that hasn't actually changed yet, and may not actually change, but still, the theoretical change gets to me.
I started out the day in this state. Then Anna stopped by with her kids, to play and sit down in my kitchen with me. She asked questions, she followed up, she shared her own stories, she offered advice, she encouraged. But most of all, she just listened. You know what happens when someone actually listens. You feel it. I know I did today. I am still in it, but I feel lighter.
So, may this be a lesson to us all.
Let's remember to Listen.