I feel useless. I don't know if everyone feels that way from time to time but I do. Right now I am feeling useless because of a family situation that I can't do anything about. In part, it's because I'm a fixer and I can't fix the problem. The frustration often overwhelms me. I feel bad because I realize that I am not as good a listener as I wish I were. Too often, I try to take on people's problems as my own instead of just allowing them an opportunity to vent their feelings about their situations. Sometimes all people need, even those you love the most, maybe especially those you love the most, is your ear, not your action or reaction to what they are discussing with you. They just need to know that you love them and support them.
God please help me to be a more sensitive listener and help me to stand back and let situations iron themselves out through powers greater than my own.
I am going to receive ashes later today and feel grateful for the opportunity to repent and to ask God's help with the sorrows in my life and in the lives of so many others.
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