Archive for January, 2007

Any Given Sunday 7

(This is retrospective from 5 weeks ago)

I met A, who will be away soon for a while; I cannot find the proper words to utter.

I met B, who was in a difficult situation (passing of someone important); I could not find the proper words to utter.

I met C, who was in a difficult situation (lingering thoughts on someone important); I could not find the proper words to utter.

I met D, who was in a difficult situation (passing of some relationship); I could not find the proper words to utter.

I met E, who was in a difficult situation (ending of some dreams); I could not find the proper words to utter. 

Am I repeating myself?  

All this happened within a couple of hours this Sunday morning. The fact is every day a lot of people are hurting and having a tough time. Some we have the privilege of sharing, others we are simple unaware of. I believe we need to cultivate an availability to allow this type of listening. That is one of the reasons why we should not allow ourselves to be too busy. If people see you running around all day, they would get the impression you do not have time for them.  I may not have helped but I tried to walk a baby step with them in listening and journeying together. This brings us to the idea of silence. Silence is not useless; it is space allowing us to share the pain and the victory together. Can we not learn to wait together, in silence? Do we always have to say something? Sometimes words get in the way of real communication.