Sharing and Listening


Last Summer while we were on vacation in Quebec I came across a sculpture that made a lasting impression on me.

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This sculpture pops into my head every now and then…I think maybe because it makes me think of our relationships and the importance of sharing and listening.

And then recently, while doing some nighttime reading I came across a quote that really grabbed me.  I always read before going to bed and I was glad to have this good thought enter while I was getting ready to drift off.

The thought goes: “When you share your sadness with another person it is halved, and when you share your joy it is doubled”. 

It is wonderful how something as simple as talking can lighten the load.  And it is equally wonderful that joy can be multiplied when we share it with the people who really love us.  I am grateful for these people…each and every one.  And although they are not huge in numbers, they are huge in heart.

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As great as it feels to be listened to, it feels equally great, if not better, to be the listener…the giver. With huge hearts and open ears life is better…lighter.

 



11 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. laura H

    what a perfect sentiment. will keep this for my quotes. so true. was just reading an article about stress, and depression. how important it is to share with others how you’re feeling. and how important it is to support your coworkers, friends and family. peace and joy to you and yours. enjoy the sun.

    March 2nd, 2014

  2. I love this and believe it is true! What book did you find this wonderful quote in? Yes, in light and shadows we all dance and linger. We must remember to embrace everyone-no one walks alone!

    I am so happy I stopped by! I hope the sun is shining in your world and you are embracing the beauty in your day~

    March 2nd, 2014

  3. Jeanette in Illinois

    Becky,
    What a lovely quote! It is so very true and I thank you for sharing it with us!

    When our hearts are open, we are blessed beyond compare.
    Hope your week is delightful filled with light and love!
    Jeanette

    March 3rd, 2014

  4. Becky, I LOVE your quote and agree with it. Sharing does help lesson one’s grief and increase one’s joy. I’ve always believed that until a friend shares their feelings, they haven’t truly come to terms with what has caused those feelings.

    I know the bronze sculpture very well, it’s very close to my son’s office. I was so surprised when I saw it in your post. How funny! It’s called “Les Chuchoteuses” which translates “The Gossipers”

    JoJo

    March 3rd, 2014

  5. Beautiful sculpture Becky and the quote is so true.
    xo
    jeanne

    March 3rd, 2014

  6. Jani Howe

    I’ve always wondered, Becky, about those who don’t share their joys or sorrows, either. It must be a terrible burden, as the sharing I’ve found is always very helpful. I guess it is a privacy thing, but I do know sharing helps. Thanks so much for your comments!

    March 3rd, 2014

  7. Linda K

    What a beautiful sculpture. Those ladies certainly are being, listening and sharing. Love the saying too. I remember writing something like it down in my list of quotes. Make that listS :) Hope you weren’t too covered in snow this week.

    March 4th, 2014

  8. Excellent sculpture art and listening is another art form. We actually learn by listening. Thank you dear…

    March 6th, 2014

  9. Becky Shander

    What an interesting point…that we learn by listening. Thanks for sharing Sherry.

    March 6th, 2014

  10. Ann Marie

    Wow! That is one awesome post. I’d like to get my hands on that statue! Beautiful, as always.

    March 7th, 2014

  11. what a sentimental post! great share Becky. it’s true we always learn by listening.

    May 18th, 2014

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