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Date: 2/5/2007

Part 2 of a 2 Part Series

Listen! All I asked was that you listen.

Not talk or do - just hear me.

Advice is cheap; 50 cents will get you both Dear Abby

and Billy Graham in the same newspaper.

And I can do for myself; I am not helpless.

Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.

When you do something for me that I can and need to do

for myself, you contribute to my fear and weakness.

But, when you accept as a simple fact that I do feel what I feel,

no matter how irrational, then I can quit trying to convince you and get

about the business of understanding what's behind this irrational feeling,

And when that's clear, the answers are obvious and I don't need advice.

Irrational feelings make sense when we understand what's behind them.

Perhaps that's why prayer works, sometimes, for some people;

because God is MUTE, and he doesn't give advice or try to fix things.

"They" just listen and let you work it out for yourself.

So, please listen and just hear me.

And, if you want to talk, wait a minute for your turn;

and I'll listen to you.

- Anonymous


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