I need to say less and listen more....Most times it really doesn't matter what I think. Thinking is over rated. Saying less and listening more is a skill that is tough to master. Everyone is trying to figure out what is going on inside of them and how to relate to this world. By saying less and listening more, you might provide the space that someone needs to feel and understand what they themselves need without another's interpretation.
My interpretation of an event or experience in someone else's life could be dead wrong. So just listening without thinking of a response could do wonders for another. Or asking thoughtful questions instead of giving advise. We can't change someone else's perceptions or expectations. They can only do that for themselves.
We can say less and listen more for ourselves as well by just sitting, and letting thoughts come, and releasing the judgements that often come with the thoughts. YOU DON'T HAVE TO MEDIATE, just find quiet and give yourself time to sit, especially if you WANT to meditate. If you go, go, go all the time...This is a good place to start.
Without judgements, we can become more accepting of what is and be OK with that.
Good luck with the above practice. I know I need to think about this often.
If you have any thoughts or insights to share, please comment below! I would love to hear from you.