Talking at a friend.

Talking at a friend. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Talking at a friend. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’ve spent two days being generous and supportive and helpful and kind and insightful and, well…most of the good parts of me and then I just spoke on the phone to a good friend and I feel like I just told them how to live their life.

I feel like I gave a bunch of unsolicited advice (yes, I get how funny that is given my letter to you about men giving unsolicited advice).

The odd thing is that I’m pretty sure my friend was really interested in what I had to say and that given a little bit more space they would have totally asked for my thoughts on the given topic.

But we were time pressured and hadn’t spoken for a while and I just fell into this space where I had lots of opinions about something that really wasn’t any of my business to have opinions about (unless I was asked for my opinion…of course, which I kind of wasn’t, I don’t think).

You see the thing is I didn’t take the time to listen to my friend. To really listen to them. And I off loaded my opinions anyhow!

It was, by no stretch of the imagination, a bad situation (I don’t think!) but I’m just fascinated at how, if I really check in with myself, it didn’t feel good to me at all.

I’m fine this happened.

I haven’t checked but I’m reasonably confident my friend is fine this happened.

I’d just rather listen to my friends rather than talk at them.

That's all.

Next time!



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