There was once an elderly, despondent woman in a nursing home. She wouldn’t speak to anyone or request anything. She merely existed – rocking in her creaky old rocking chair.
The old woman didn’t have many visitors. But every couple mornings, a concerned and wise young nurse would go into her room. She didn’t try to speak or ask questions of the old lady. She simply pulled up another rocking chair beside the old woman and rocked with her.
Weeks or months later, the old woman finally spoke.
‘Thank you,’ she said. ‘Thank you for rocking with me.'”
There are moments in life, especially in times of illness and pain, when all a person wants is for someone to ‘be there’ – no words…just the loving presence of another……..And most often all we have to offer are words – which seem meaningless…….
Are we comfortable in silence? Can we truly ‘be there’ for another? Do we allow our own feelings of inadequacy and helplessness to overpower us………..Do we understand the true meaning of empathy?
May you be inspired – everyday!
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