☕️ How to be a Listener

A Saturday Caesura

Make space for stillness.

Attune your ear, yes, but especially your mind and heart and hands.

Eschew all enticements to wander off beyond focus.

Steel against conclusions prone to back-flip over beginnings.

Resist fixes and platitudes which run rough-shod over

love and grace.

Offer a whole presence

though it may feel too easy and too hard and never enough.

Choose a heart posture

that allows stories to breathe vent weep groan gush

stumble spill sigh trickle scream…

Catch them. Hold them. Just hold them

even if they leak between your fingers and feel sticky

or heavy or slippery or awkward.

A Listener carries stories that aren’t meant to be carried

alone.