Don’t listen when you can’t.
It’s fine to tell the other person that you want to have the conversation and that you recognize its importance, but you can’t have it right now:
You can say, “I’m too tired and preoccupied to really listen.” Or, I want to be here for you to talk about this, but not right when I walk in the door (or at dinner, when we're in bed, etc.). Offer a specific time to re-open the conversation, so that you can give it your best attention.
Saying, "I can't listen now!" is not the same as distancing, stonewalling, or trying to muzzle the other person.
Rather, setting boundaries around listening can be linked to your wish to find the right time to give a difficult subject your full attention.
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