“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~ Leo Buscaglia
Ben and I met a close girlfriend for coffee yesterday. We’re each going through quite a lot with our families right now. We have family members confronting serious illness, and our friend has elderly parents in poor health – her Dad’s had a series of strokes and is in care, and her mum’s across town in another hospital after a hip replacement failure and major surgery to repair it.
Life is like this sometimes. It all happens at once. Big things, small things, out-of-the-blue things all raining down upon us.
Our friend cried as she told us of her dad’s worsening dementia and how heart-breaking it is for her to see him in this place of loss and confusion. I cried a little too as we updated her on our family, and on some of the other heart-breaking issues I’m helping a few of my clients through.
None of us had answers for each other and we didn’t even try. What mattered was that we could talk about our feelings, we could be honest about all the things raining down upon us, and the things we’d stuffed up as well as the things we’d handled well.
We didn’t just talk about the hard stuff. We laughed a lot. We reminisced. We held space together as friends. We held each other’s hands. We sat in silence when silence was called for.
Sometimes that’s all we need. Just a safe space where we feel heard – where we can unbottle all of the things we’ve held inside.
If you have a friend or family member going through a tough time right now, don’t feel that you need to have a solution for them. One of the most precious gifts you can give them is time, friendship and a non-judgemental space where they can talk about what they are going through.
Know that they may also prefer to talk about every other thing than their cancer, their husband’s depression, or the terrible thing that happened/is happening.
Life will give all of us hardship or difficulty at one turn or another. Friendship, a shoulder to cry one, someone to make you laugh, someone to remind you that you are not your illness, someone who truly listens – that’s what helps us to get through the hard bits.
Wishing you smooth sailing or good friends today.
Know that you are ever in my thoughts and prayers,
Much love, Nicole <3 xoxo
16 thoughts on “Sometimes You Don’t Need Solutions, You Just Need To Be Heard”
That final quote…beautiful xo
This is wisdom. You are an absolute gem.
You must know what ‘s going on in his head of mine …thank you Nicole .
Sending love thoughts and comfort to all People who need it.
I am so blessed to have family and friends who do just this…and when they are in need I try to do the same…No, we usually can’t FIX IT… but, a listening ear and a kind word can work wonders…
Beautiful, heartfelt message, filled with wisdom! <3
I have lyme too (getting better now). My mum would not listen if I told her what was up with me (I mostly didn’t but if she asked I would try.) I would say, “Why do you ask then not listen?” She said it was because she couldn’t help me and it made her too sad. I said to her that what she could do to help me was to just really listen. She didn’t have to fix it for me. Nobody could do that. She just had to care enough to let me talk, and to believe me.
Thank you for this post. It is very important that People know that.
I will hold space for you, hold your hand and sit in silence with you … You are loved.
Even though you live so far away, you touch me more than most people I see everyday. Thank you Nicole. Love to you all and your doggies, too.
Thank you Nicole – so true. I have a tendency to want to ‘fix’ things for the people I care about so a great reminder for me. I love the quote at the end. Lots of love xxx
So so true!! I had a cry day recently. My partner than wants to fix it. Can’t be fixed and doesn’t need to be fixed. It’s just life and sometimes it boiles over and I just need it out. Cry, sleep and than onto a new day again. It’s a release so I can deal with things in a better way again. Would be so good if he saw it in the same way. He puts himself under pressure to fix my issue. But he can’t fix it and I haven’t asked him to do so. He sees it as not dealing with a situation when you don’t fix it. He said it’s weak. I don’t see it that way. It’s just life. And sometimes it’s too much, whatever it is. But a cry, a shoulder and acceptance to just be (with tears and all) is such a relief…. Thank you for your words…. Timely as usual. 😘❤️🌹
Sending so much love to you, Jem xoxo
Thanks Nicoe really needed to hear this today.
Hugs and love to you, Patty. Be kind to yourself today xoxo