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Monday, August 24, 2009
Offering Comforting Words and Support ... Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. - St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi
Is someone you know going through a difficult time? You want to be helpful, but how? It is possible that you can help with money or material things. It is possible that you can use your time to perform services for them. It is also possible, although unlikely, that your well-intentioned advice will serve them well.
Generally, your greatest service to someone in their time of trouble, sorrow, or confusion, is your comfort. Take the time to listen to their troubles and concerns with patience, kindness, and empathy, but without offering unsolicited advice or suggestions. Your kindly hand on their shoulder, supportive hug, and patient listening are often the greatest gifts you can offer.
Further reading: Gifts freely given are never obligations - jlh
Loving is the most unmitigated and courageous act I perform in a day. - Mary Anne Radmacher
Your love is more powerful than your words or your actions. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Meddling - 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Offering Helpful Advice