Don’t quote me from your latest self-help book and regurgitate the contents. Tell me how you really feel and what your soul is saying.
Don’t fill my head with worn out words and platitudes. Fill my heart with meaning, substance, purpose, value.
Don’t judge me by your standards or their measure. Just hold me and love me and make me feel better.
Don’t tell me of things you’ve only read about.
Speak to me of things you know in your gut, so I can know them too.
Don’t offer me advice. I haven’t asked you for it.
Offer me a hand and a shoulder to cry on, when I need one.
Don’t tell me what I should or shouldn’t do.
Show me what is possible, and let me find my way.
Don’t regale me with your conquests and your victories.
Speak to me of heartbreak and of joy, of sadness and of glory.
Don’t deny me my emotions or rob me of my feelings.
Allow me the space to let them surface and move on.
Don’t hide your pain from me. Or your grief and sorrow.
Tell me how it felt and how you made it through.
Don’t try to fix me or change me or make me better.
Show me where I’m already shining and point the light there.
If you can do these things for me, you will have served me well.
Copyright ©2010 by Veronica Hay
Veronica Hay is an inspirational writer/author who provides support and resources to help you live a richer life.