Lend an Ear
Life is full of obstacles. Some of the obstacles we face are small in nature and relatively easy to overcome. Other obstacles can be more challenging and sometimes life changing. If you notice a friend struggling with an obstacle, make every effort to talk with her. Set up a lunch date, call on the phone, or stop by her house with some treats.
Or a friend may want to lighten her load by sharing the problem with you. If she does, activate your listening skills and don't try to solve the problem or tell them everything will be all right. After all, in some cases things might not be okay. Instead just listen and ask questions so you gain a better understanding of the situation. Offer a hug when appropriate.
Most importantly, never share a private conversation with others. It's not your place to share someone else's woes. Instead be the rock someone can lean on.
Source: Maria Gracia - www.GetOrganizedNow.com
"To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able
to attain in the art of conversation."~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld