New Year resolutions are all very well, but what if the new year looks bleak? Really hopeless?
I recently came across Tatiana Ketchum’s blog post, ‘If you have a pulse God has a plan. She tells how she was helped by a sticker that said “There’s purpose in your pain.”
That particular slogan spoke to her at that moment; here is another, on the back of a train ticket. It’s encouraging that the railway companies are still promoting the services of The Samaritans. They listen. On 116 123. And face to face.
And so should we listen, whether it is someone in trouble calling for help, a fellow passenger or a child.
Perhaps especially we should be less lazy, less fearful of listening to children. A young person has every right to adult care and attention, even if it’s only Abel telling his grandmother that he had his nails cut. If they don’t feel listened to as children, it will take tremendous courage to seek a friendly ear later in life.