Jane tells about Dorothy, the volunteer that had initially enticed her to start working at St. Vincent de Paul. Jane admires Dorothy’s listening skills and her constant interest in the lives of those around her. She comments about the lessons that Dorothy has taught her and the lessons she has yet to learn from this wise woman who is over 90 years old.
Reading about Jane’s thoughts on Dorothy made me think of my late grandma. She lived to be 101 and was also a pretty good listener. A farm girl herself, she used to call my uncle and cousin almost every day to see how things were going on their respective farms. Whenever a visitor came to her house, she would offer them some type of refreshment and ask about their families and such. Her focus, it seemed, was always on someone else rather than herself. Perhaps that’s one of the secrets of being a good listener.
- Who do you know that’s a good listener?
- What qualities do you appreciate most in your closest friends?