Have you ever had a friend who liked to constantly talk about only ONE subject?
And I don't mean an exciting topic like will Captain America die in Civil War, and then Bucky pick up the Shield to carry forward. Or will Sam "Falcon" Wilson be the one to carry the mantle - and shield - of the good Captain onward into Infinity Wars?
Or, will Captain America NOT die in Civil War, but live to fight another the day in the Infinity Wars. And possibly meet his end in very dramatic fashion - perhaps finally showing his worthiness and sacrificing himself to save the world?? And, then Bucky or Falcon picks up the shield to carry on as the next Captain.
You know, they just talk about boring stuff.
Or, worse, too much personal stuff. But it's not like you get a great new recipe, computer tip, or sex position... no - it's their toe fungus or something.
Sorry about that last part.
And you try to listen - because you're a good friend like that. But OMG already!!!
And you try to have compassion, as Toe Fungus probably is a very serious problem. But OMG!!
You swear if you have to hear
And then your cell phone sounds a text alert.
Great, now they are texting about it too.
Hourly updates perhaps on the condition of their toes.
It's difficult sometimes as friends to always remain interested. To show compassion when we are literally quite sick of listening to this broken record.
But here's the thing....
... you do it.
That's all. You just suck it up, and you do it.
And here's why: you have that thing you talk about constantly too.
We all do.
And if our relationships with one another are to be the kind that are deep, meaningful and "with you to the end of the line" (if you understood that reference, bravo friend!) kind of bonds; then we just have to extend a little grace to one another.
Compassion is action.
And so is listening. Active listening.
Here's a piece of writing I discovered that provides a greater and more inspiring explanation than I can:
Yep, that's my picture today.
A picture of how I want to be.