Hello all, Odd request: I've made it a personal quest this year to NOT give my opinion unless it's specifically solicited. However, I'm having a heck of a time doing that. :lol: So my question is for those of you who are able to be good LISTENERS without feeling the need to "fix" situations. I truly admire you and I know some people "in real life" who are able to do that. I'm in awe since I tend to always want to be the one who "fixes" problems of my friends and family when really...they may just want to vent and need an ear to bend. Question: what advice can you offer? I start conversations with the best intention of just listening, but then I end up saying, "You know what you should do..." and then it pretty much snowballs from there. Sometimes I actually offer helpful advice, and sometimes I don't (but again...good intentions). I want to just be a good listener (unless my advice is sought after). (I do realize on a forum, it's a bit different because... unless otherwise states, it's implied that when somebody starts a thread, they're looking for some advice. At least, that's been my experience. ) So yes...in away, I'm SOLICITING your opinions on this. Thank you!