Monday, December 23, 2013

An Understanding Ear

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Recently I've had the opportunity to hear life stories from friends and coworkers that reminded me you never know what someone else is going through.  Job loss, money problems, drugs, death, illness, etc.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from writer Stephen King:

"The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it?  The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away.  And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think.  When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear."

This Christmas I hope you find an understanding ear.  And I hope that you have the opportunity to be one for someone else.