This last little while I've had moments where I have felt incredibly stressed over several things, one of which is Trisa's wedding reception (no worries Trisa!). What if I decorate Trisa's wedding reception, and it looks stupid? What if nobody wants to help me decorate, or they can't because it's right before Christmas? What if I annoy someone and they wish they didn't know me? (I'm really good at worrying).
Thankfully, I have also been the beneficiary of good listeners; people who are sympathetic, and understanding, and encouraging. People listening to me in the midst of their own stresses has been very helpful. I also found it helpful to listen to them in my turn, because when it comes right down to it, I am thankful that I have my problems, and not theirs!
When someone listens to me it helps me put things back in the proper perspective. Trisa is a kind and easy going bride. My friends probably aren't all going to ditch me when I need to decorate. I might accidentally annoy someone, but hopefully not bad enough that they'll wish they didn't know me! And the wedding is really the important part.
I am thankful for good people, who have used their listening ears on me.