Today seems like a good day for another Personal Reflection Exercise.
Have you ever really needed to talk to someone about something that was going on in your life and received nothing but judgement from the person you were pouring your heart out to? How did that make you feel?
There are many times in life when we don’t need advice, don’t need to feel judged, but simply need someone to allow us to vent and support us as we work things out within ourselves. If you have ever experienced the feeling of being judged when confiding or venting to someone you had hoped would just provide you with a listening ear and perhaps a ‘You got this!’ and a hug, then I suggest you take that experience and utilize it in helping you improve your own listening skills.
Today’s personal reflection exercise is about listening without passing judgement.
Listening to the plight of others prevents me from passing judgment.
I make every effort to offer unwavering support to my friends. I am an excellent listener and problem solver. I enjoy guiding others towards a resolution. I pride myself in being a confidant when others are seeking a listening ear.
It is easy to pass judgment when I hear about a negative situation. At times, I find myself jumping to a conclusion before hearing all the facts.
It is only fair to give others the benefit of the doubt and refrain from judging them. I show strength of character when I keep this in mind.
I provide comfort and strength to those I love. When I realize a close friend or family member is facing a challenge, I support them in any possible way. I help my loved ones make it through the hard times by giving them a shoulder to lean on.
I strive to take the feelings of others into consideration.
I listen when others are facing a challenging situation and then provide thoughtful advice. It is important to hear all the facts and determine if my advice is desired. I attempt to defuse the situation and keep it from escalating. I feel fulfilled when I can help my loved ones through a crisis.
Today, I realize that life is about offering assistance in whatever ways I can. I refrain from judgment and work towards helping others through tough times. I commit to lending a helping hand and making kind gestures.
1. How do I support others during difficult situations?
2. What can I do to keep myself from passing judgment?
3. How can I keep a negative situation from escalating?
Journal writing is a great way to get in touch with your dreams, goals, insights and emotions. Use the questions above as a prompt to writing out your own personal reflection entry today!
~ Carrie A Medford
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