Day 12 – Ms. Fix-it

Who doesn’t want the quick fix, all in one gadget, magic pill, solution to life’s problems?

As someone who is still learning the finer nuances of interpersonal communication (how to be a friend) my highest measure of success should be the number of other people’s problems I can solve each day, right?! Step 1, step 2, step 3. Conversation over, day saved.

Think again.

As a high “D” the concept of listening is a constant learning experience.

A little background on High D’s: Good leaders and great in crises. Self- motivated, innovative, and self-reliant. May come off  direct and brash and are not good listeners. Hmm… sounds familiar.

I am slowly learning that I don’t have all the answers to every problem, and even more so that people don’t want the “easy as 1, 2, 3” quick fix, they want me.  We crave compassion, support, a sounding board, someone to shut up and just listen.

It’s old news I know, but for the 387th time in the last month it hit me again today, several times, I already have the best tool out there, the ability to stop, put down my instruction manual for life, and just listen.