Offer a Listening Ear

Today, I chose to get away from the house and concentrate on my studies.  The location of choice was Panera Bread.  All throughout the day, people would come and go.  Individuals, families, and so on.

Towards the end of my stay, I was thinking about approaching a woman that was by herself eating.  And it wasn’t about attraction or anything like that at all.  It was more like, “why don’t I go introduce myself and offer her an ear to listen.”  Why is she alone?  Is she lonely?  Does she need help?

You know, thinking back throughout the day, I saw several people all by themselves.  I was thinking on the lines of, what if they’re having a bad day?  What if they don’t have anyone to turn to?

I could make someone’s day by simply offering to listen to them.  We were put on this earth to serve others.  Even strangers in a restaurant.  What’s wrong with introducing oneself to a random stranger and being friendly?  After leaving for the day, I realized my mistakes.  I should have taken these opportunities to reach out to others, even if that is to offer a listening ear to a complete stranger.

Have you ever encountered such a random instance of giving and gratitude?  Has anyone ever offered to pay for something in public?  I have.  I’ve encountered those random moments of kindness.  Next time I find myself in an opportunity to reach out and help someone, I’m going to take it.


About jthealthyfit I am passionate about health/wellness, nutrition, sports and most importantly, my relationship with God. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University and a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University. I am a corporate wellness coordinator and personal trainer in Columbus, OH. Please email me for personal training rates at I'm excited to be working with you, God Bless! View all posts by jthealthyfit

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