I know I have mentioned this before at church and I believe I have mentioned it on the blog before – I am a world class eavesdropper. I think I get this from my mom, who is a world class snooper/stalker. It may be creepy, but I enjoy listening to other people’s conversations. Ok, so it is little creepy when I think about it.
Anyhow, the two guys beside me at Emy J’s right now are pretty easy to listen to because they are loud talkers. So it isn’t even really like I’m trying to eavesdrop on them. 🙂
It is a young guy and an older guy talking about pretty deep issues. The thing that has hit me is how often the older gentleman has told the younger one that he is incredibly proud of him. These haven’t been throw away lines. The older gentleman has said specifically why he was proud and what has impressed him most about this young man.
“I am so proud of you” is an incredibly powerful statement and one that I believe many people long to hear and unfortunately don’t very often. It was such a pleasure to hear this older gentleman tell this younger guy how proud he was of him. Without even having to try very hard to eavesdrop I could tell that it was also meaningful to the young man.