Please Listen

22 Jul

When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice,

you have not done what I asked.

When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell my why I shouldn’t feel that way,

you are trampling on my feelings.

When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to do something to solve my problem,

you have failed me,

as strange as that may seem.

Listen! All I ask is that you listen.

Don’t talk or do- just hear me.

Advice is cheap.

And I can do for myself; I am not helpless.

Maybe discouraged and faltering,

but not helpless.

When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself,

you contribute to my fear and inadequacy.

But when you accept as a simple fact

that I feel what I feel,

no matter how irrational,

then I can stop trying to convince you

and get about this business fo understanding what’s behind

this irrational feeling.

And when that’s clear, the answers are obvious and I don’t need advice.

Irrational feelings make sense

when we understand what’s behind them.

Perhaps that’s why prayers works, sometimes,

for some people- because God is mute,

and he doesn’t give advice or

try to fix things.

God just listens

and let’s you work it out for yourself.

So please listen, and just hear me.

And if you want to talk,

wait a minute

for your turn-

and I will listen to you.

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