The Performance Pro

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's Just a Little Thing, Or Is It?

Several years ago I heard about a woman in Michigan who had put an ad in the paper to advertise her listening service. All people had to do was call her and she would listen to them. She charged by the minute and it made the news because of how successful her business was already in the first few months.

Whether people just need to talk to someone or they are lonely, a listening ear can heal a heart. Sometimes it’s the little things we can do that can make a big difference for someone else. I am reminded of this story:

A young volunteer had the job to call an elderly lady every morning, just to make sure she was all right. One day the volunteer got busy and soon it was noon. The elderly lady called her and questioned why she hadn’t called. The volunteer explained she was just about to make the call. The elderly lady said, “Oh good, I’ll hang up so you can call. Your call is the only time my phone ever rings. "

"If speaking is silver, then listening is gold " -- Turkish Proverb


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