We hear difficult news from a friend or have a conversation with a hurting family member, and we want to rush to help in our super hero capes lined with silver.
We offer up a story, an exception to the rule, or someone we know.
We feebly throw bumper sticker cliches at the obvious, hoping to make it less visible, less painful.
We hunt for reasons and solutions where there sometimes are none.
We take up the sword of justice on our loved ones' behalf, when there's no enemy to fight.
We jump to life lessons and words of wisdom when we should just mourn with those who mourn and rejoice when they start rejoicing.
We say don't cry, when we should really just pass the tissue.
We talk and advise and pray when we should listen.
Today I linked up with some other bloggers to write for 5 minutes unedited about listening here...