Are you listening?. . . or perhaps advising . . .
I love sharing my experiences with people. . . or sharing of any kind, for that matter. But I sometimes wonder if I am really sharing — or am I actually giving advice? There is a difference, you know.
Who am I to give advice?! I am certainly no authority on any aspect of life — but I do have a great deal to share from my daily experiences.
I feel that no one has full knowledge of anything except the ‘All-Knowing Creator of All Things’— and most of that knowledge is totally unknown to us in our earthly existence as mortals.
It is true that we have lessons we have learned from our daily experiences —
and the knowledge gleaned from them can be valuable in sharing. But never can we really express full knowledge on a given subject. . . only our own perspectives, beliefs and opinions about it.
These perspectives, beliefs or opinions can be truly valuable if advice on a subject is asked for. However, if the person asking wants only to share some happening or concern, but the response is as if advice was asked for from an assumed authority. . . then the result is not what was needed.
All that was needed was for someone to just listen. . . not to give advice.
Furthermore, when allowed to share a problem with a good listener, the answer often comes from within the person sharing. . . not from the outside advice of the listener.
After all, is that not what this earthly mortal life is all about?
. . . to experience life events (both good and not so good) —
and to gain our own uniquely personal knowledge from those life events
. . . and then perhaps to share that knowledge only when asked for.