~Shared by T. Compton

Talking is my favorite.

You know how people always ask: What are your hobbies? I generally flounder for an answer.

I like to sing, shop, read books, watch movies … make my family crazy :), make others happy, stuff like that. But then it dawned on me. I also like to talk, which I guess comes in handy since I work in the reservations department at Woodloch Pines Resort.

But then again, what’s even better than talking? Yeah, you guessed it: listening.

I’ve learned that when you listen, when you pause that extra moment, that people sometimes let you in. That they share. Their lives, memories, happy moments, trying times, and triumphs.

Like the middle-aged man struggling to survive an aggressive cancer, who promised to fight with every last breath, wanting nothing more than to get away with his family.

Or the military man, soon to be deployed, whose thoughts were of his young family and wanting to give them a fun-filled weekend at Woodloch before he has to leave.

And the hard-working husband trying to book a last-minute anniversary reservation to celebrate 10 amazing years with his wife and two youngsters.

Or the daughter wanting her dad to experience the wonder of Woodloch firsthand. And how he wouldn’t come if he couldn’t bring his paralyzed pup, a little dog that had one day gone limp and was outfitted with a cart so that it could remain mobile. Learning that Woodloch has pet-friendly homes relieved their fears about travelling.

And that’s just some of the stories. Trust me, there are many. Each one is special.

So, I definitely subscribe to the saying, “Listen twice as much as you speak.” As the Bible shares, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” – James 1:19 King James Version.

It kind of makes sense: two ears, one mouth.