17 Nov 2018

Listened to the Woman at the Park

Submitted by Stephen Winters
This morning I decided to take our dog Teddy for a walk. As I went downtown and walked past the fountain at the park I saw a woman sitting at a picnic table writing some notes. Since I was walking in her direction anyway I walked over to her and made a comment, "Looks like you are writing."
I later learned that her name was A. G. She said that she was something like a language pathologist or a speech therapist. I forget exactly what she said. She said that she lived in Keizer and that she had an appointment in Monmouth. She had been on her way home when she saw the bench and had thought it was a good place to stop and write out her thoughts.
We talked for quite some time. To start with I mainly asked her question about what she was writing about and about her thoughts and plans. She said that she had an important decision to make and was trying to write out her thoughts about it. Then I began asking her about that. As she answered one question, I asked her a question about the answer that she had given me. And this continued for a while. She later said that she felt that I had been sent to her. I was asking the very questions that she needed to think about and by my asking those questions she had to put it into words. By the time that we were done she indicated that with my help she had been able to think it out and had made the decision that she needed. She was very appreciative that I had come over and talked with her.
I am learning more and more how important it is to take an interest in other people and listen to them. I remember again the quote
“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” ― Galileo
I was there for A.G. to help her find the truth that was within her waiting to get out. It was nothing that I said, it was only in being their to listen to her.

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