Last night I was having dinner with an old friend, Francesca Firstwater. We were catching up on our lives and our work. Francesca is one of those remarkable people who has led a life of service. No drum rolls or trumpets — she just quietly shows up and discovers how she can serve. Right now she works as a child psychiatric nurse at a local hospital — when she is not tending the Buddhist stupa on mountainside near Spokane, or serving as a minister at a wedding or a memorial service. Our conversation turned to our work as listeners.
Listening to people is a key part of my work. Being fully present, listening with my whole heart and soul, noticing if there is a point at which something I’ve learned might be brought into the conversation as a question or a comment.