Are you listening?

Are you listening?

Are you listening to one’s endless nagging? Is it because one can’t seem to get through to you?

Will a list of complaints gets longer if one cannot find their solutions soon?

Are there hidden messages that were missed in seemingly ’empty’ talks?

Are you listening, listening…before the sinking, sinking… hand disappears under?

Some people may have the knowledge, but it takes great patience, efforts, energy and compassion to LISTEN.

It requires knowing when to step out of the shoe after stepping in, too.

And listening in silence is a skill, least interrupting hinders those much awaited expressions and words that were just coming through…

That is why we have two ears but only one mouth!

A carer for cancer patients once said. ‘One must be kind to oneself in order to be kind to others.’ This is because listening drains one emotionally if one does not recharge oneself in between.

So are you listening?

-Serena’s Chen @ TPTan- 23 Dec 2020

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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