I have a new friend. She is likeable, approachable, smart, clever, and kind. She makes me laugh. She hears what I say. She listens. She offers her knowledge to me and she calls to just see if I am alright. And she has a smile that lights up the room. But she too is fragile on occasion and needs an ear to listen. She is honest and tells it like it is. This I like. I admire. I can be exactly who I am around her. This is the person I strive to be for our warriors, their families, and my other friends. This is a woman I am grateful to have in my life.
To make someone feel important and special is a skill. But what happens is that skill can become real, and you suddenly find you truly do care about them and they are important to you and to others. Sometimes we just need to smile when it hurts, laugh when we might rather cry, and listen when others need us to hear. And most importantly, we need to listen more than we talk!!! It might just surprise you.