You come quietly into my private world and let me be.
You really try to understand me when I do not make much sense* .
You don't take my problem from the, but trust me to deal with it in my own way.
* You give me enough room to discover for myself why I feel upset, and enough time to think for myself what is best* .
You allow me the dignity of making my own decisions even though you feel I am wrong.
You don't tell me that funny story you are just bursting to tell me* .
You allow me to make my experience one that really matters* .
You accept my gratitude by telling me it is good to know I have been helped*.
You realise that the hour I take from you leaves you a bit tired and drained* .
You grasp m point of view even when it goes against your sincere convictions* .
You accept me as I am - warts and all* .
You don't offer me religious solace when you sense I am not ready for it* .
You look at me, feel for me, and really want to know me* .
You spend a short, valuable time with me and make me feel it is for ever* .
You hold back your desire to give me good advice.