Stories of Kindness from Around the World

The Gift Of Time To An Upset Student

--by cabbage, posted Apr 8, 2012

A student wanted to talk to me about a problem she had been having. She was due to meet me at 8.30am and I had a workshop to attend at 9. 

Well, it was a very fruitful meeting. Amidst lots of tears the whole story came out. Then we identified not only the problem but several solutions as well. She ended up feeling more confident and empowered. She knew what to do and she felt like I understood her situation.

I was so "present" with her that I didn't even notice the clock. It was 10:30 when we'd finished going through everything! 
I didn't mind about being late for my workshop and she was so glad that I had listened openly and let her go on until she was finished. 
Never underestimate the power of your gift of time to someone. These days people always seem to be in a hurry but if we are fully present for someone I think it can often make a huge difference.


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TXWildflower wrote: What a wonderful and caring teacher you are! You gave that student 3 awesome gifts that day. (1. )your absolute listening attention, (2. )much needed advice, (3. )the gift of your time. You made a big difference in her life that day. Bless you!
Martin wrote: Thanks for sahirng. Always good to find a real expert.
ceasons wrote: Allowing someone to feel important enough to be listened to and their feelings vailidated is a huge gift.

Thank you for being selfless enough to allow yourself to be late for a workshop and give this girl what she needed mostat the time = caring.
Day1212 wrote: Your students must love you!
momov3 wrote: I a blessed to be a life coach. I get to listen and help people figure out how to move past what is holding them back or bothering them. The interesting thing is, since i feel god sends me my clients, i have a really hard time accepting money for what i do. I get alot of gruff from other coaches about that. But why i am saying this is: time. If i know i do not have another client scheduled in a certain time slot, i don't pay attention to time and allow my client to "empty". The other day, i thought it was about 1. 5 hrs that i was with my client. We came out of the studio into the office and it was 3. 5 hours. Because. All she needed was someone to listen. Time. What a gift. Sometimes we have to put our agenda and what we perceive as our obligations aside to give the gift of time and listening to others. And what a gift it is! Thank you for sharing your story!
khillcrest68 wrote: I think it is great what you done for her, and a lot of times we might not even have the answer for some people but it,s ok because they just want someone to listen thats all just listen to them.
Joy wrote: The power of presence. Yes, in today's busy society taking the time to listen is so valuable. Thanks for sharing that gift of kindness. Many blessings.
tiffany wrote: Great story, thanks for sharing! Time is a wonderful gift. So is really listening and being present with someone in need.
charmingbaby wrote: I think that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention, and especially if it's given from the heart. When people are talking ,there's no need to do anything but receive them. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well intention words.
thaata wrote: We have one mouth and two ears so that we listen to others more rather than talk more. The world needs listeners and if more people start listening the world needs no psychologists.

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