A cheap gift

Last week I had the privilege of being part of a leadership development workshop & we did this exercise where we got into small grps. In our groups, we were each given 2min to share one our biggest & most proud achievements. The people in the group who were not sharing sat & listened with total focus – to be wholly present.
What I loved about this exercise is that I could give the gift of listening to the person who was talking, giving them my ears, eyes, focus / attention, without needing to say anything – just listen. I practiced this last night w a total stranger (a parent at my kids school) & it was an amazing experience getting to listen to this guy, hear his background & learn about his family, etc. I think that listening is a very inexpensive, but highly valuable gift – an important way to express love!!