Tag: listening

Healing People

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.      Henry David Thoreau A special friend of ours shared with us these thoughts below, written by Kenneth Haugk, PhD, clinical psychologist, pastor and author.  Dr. Haugk writes about “healing people”, what they are and how they respond to others’ grief and…
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Our Coping Tools

It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience,…
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Michael and Tom on 90.3 WJTL

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Let it Be

Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heal, that without distance closeness cannot cure.      Henri Nouwen  As we listened, the frustration was evident in her voice.   It had been several years, but the pain still hadn’t gone away.  And while it is hard enough that…
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I really don’t know what to do

      Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.      Emily Dickinson I really don’t know what to do. She reached out to us with these words, plaintive and despairing.  She feels lost, alone.  She is uncertain if a dawn will come to her again.  But still she reached out…
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It Sat and Listened …

She knew it was not going to be good news.  That gnawing pain in the pit of the stomach was getting worse and, when the whites of her eyes turned yellow (for example), she knew she had to see the doctor.  The CAT scan confirmed what the Disease Management Care Blog (DMCB) already knew: it was…
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When Someone Deeply Listens to You

A friend of ours – Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk – shared this poem with us and we’d like to share it with you.  It’s a powerful statement about what we try our very best to do – listen deeply to allow others to share what’s on their hearts.   Listening deeply provides a place of safety and…
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Visiting with Her

One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.      Rebecca Falls We met with her in a local restaurant.   Her husband’s cancer is progressing, and lately, noticeably faster.   He is dying.   She needed to talk.   She offered to buy us tea on that cold…
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I am Enough. We are Enough.

Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness.  It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.  It’s going to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am imperfect and…
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Genuinely Listen

I am thankful for people who ask, “How are you?”, and then make eye contact and genuinely listen to your answer! Of course, this is opposed to people who ask, “How are you?”, and then while you’re starting to answer, walk away or start talking to someone else.        Wanda Jacobs  Listening well and focusing…
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