A lot of heartache and misery in this world might be avoided if people would simply make an effort to listen when someone needs it. Whether it’s something that’s important to you or not, there isn’t much effort required to actively listen for a moment and give someone the validation that what they think matters.
Today, a co-worker had mentioned she had lunch plans for 12:00 noon. This sounded nice and I said so. Her desk is very near mine and so at 11:55 I called out “Shouldn’t you be gone by now?” “What?” “I SAID shouldn’t you be gone by now?”
She walked over and dropped a pack of gum on my desk with a “There you go” and went on her way.
Now how's that supposed to make me feel?