Am I Listening??

When I ask you to listen to me 

   And you start giving advice, 

   You have not done what I have asked.

 

When I ask you to listen to me 

   And you begin to tell me why I should not feel that way , 

   You are cancelling out my feelings.

 

When I ask you to listen to me 

    And you are compelled to do something to solve my problem, 

    You have failed me; strange as that may seem.

Listen! All I asked is that you listen

    Not talk, or do ;

    Just hear me. 

 

And I can do for myself. I am not helpless. 

    May be discouraged and faltering, 

    Maybe lonely and isolated and grieving and searching,

    But not helpless. 

 

When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself, 

    You contribute to my fear and to my weakness. 

 

But when you accept as a simple fact that I feel what I feel, no matter how 

irrational , then I can stop trying to convince you and get about the business of understanding what’s 

behind this irrational feeling. 

 

So please listen and just hear me, 

    If you want to talk 

    Wait a minute for your turn

    And I will listen to you. 

 

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