Today I watched this Ted Talk by a gentleman named Kevin Briggs. He has an incredible job, one that takes courage, confidence and excellent listening skills. His job is to talk people out of committing suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.
He believes that we should “stand up for those, who temporarily cannot stand up for themselves.” He also speaks to the power of listening and what it may mean to another individual, to simply be heard. Notice, that he says they cannot “temporarily” stand up for themselves. I take this to mean, he truly believes that each individual has it within themselves the skill to do so, but are only temporarily lacking it.
Most people I know, want to be heard. Truly heard! Not argued with or told they need to see things differently. They want to be accepted and they want to know that other people care about them. It is not a lot to ask for, but so many people out there feel alone and unheard, even when surrounded by others.
Take time out of your day to listen to those you care about. If you have the opportunity, make time to listen to a stranger as it may not only make them smile, it could potentially help shape their life.
Take the time. ~ Just listen. ~ Help build a bridge between another person and humanity.