Just being there for another person

Was talking to a lady friend today when I sensed in her an undercurrent of regret & helplessness, underneath her smiles & cheerful demeanor. I pointed this out to her & switched to listening. as in really listening. Not merely for the words, but really be with her no matter what she has to say. She must have sensed it for she started going off in tangents, saying things that must have made total sense to her but nothing logical to a random passer-by. After a couple of minutes, she thanked me for listening, even though I probably didn’t understand a word of it and I don’t. Active listening is a skill I learnt as a coach, which I don’t practice enough. Feeling thankful that it has helped in a conversation, where I didn’t even have to say a thing, except to wave her goodbye & wish her a great day :)