By nature, I am quite critical of myself. I am aware of all of my faults before anyone else. I do not extend this criticism to others. I reserve it for myself. But there are a few things that I do well. I am blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who are extremely supportive. They agree with what follows.
One of my favorite things about myself is that I am a good listener. Since I was very young, my contemporaries have confided in me. Sometimes it’s because I let them know that I am willing to be a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. But many times I think it was a matter of just being there when someone needed to talk through a situation. I don’t consider myself an especially wise person, so I hesitate to offer advice. In fact, I believe most of the time advice is not what is required. It is the simple act of quietly listening that is valuable at the right time. And I think something that goes hand in hand with being a good listener is the gift of perception. I can often sense what is behind or underneath the conversation, but is not actually voiced.
I think that I was a bit quieter when I was younger, which lends itself to being a good listener. As I have gotten older, I fear that I may be becoming more talkative. I don’t want to lose my ability to listen well, so this is something I am conscious of. I don’t want anything to cause people to feel like they can’t talk to me. I have always considered it an honor that people have shared things, big and small, with me. And I hope this continues.
6 thoughts on “Favorite Thing About Myself”
You can be a quiet listener as well as a talker, James. It’s a great combo. Not many people really listen to what others are saying. You are blessed to have that gift xo
Thanks, Jane. 🙂
You are a wonderful listener and your emotional intellect is off the charts. You really are in tune with the people you care about.
Thanks, Tosha. It’s always nice when those who know me best agree with what I’m thinking/saying. Love.
As I have gotten to know you better I would concur that you truly are a great listener and this makes you an even better friend :D!!
Thanks very much, Brie.