Here's a very moving piece from Paul Coelho...
Extracted from here.
I was feeling very lonely when I left Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral right in the heart of New York.
Suddenly I was approached by an American:
“You are Mr. Coelho. I very much need to talk to you,” she said.
I was so enthused by this meeting that I began to talk about everything that was important to me. I spoke of magic, God’s blessings, love.
She listened to everything in silence, thanked me and went away.
Instead of feeling happy, I felt lonelier than before. Later on I realized that in my enthusiasm I had not paid any attention to what that Brazilian wanted.
Talk to me.
I tossed my words to the wind, because that was not what the Universe was wanting at that moment: I would have been much more useful if I had listened to what she had to say.
Thought-provoking and meaningful.....Take time today to listen....to yourself and others...even to the wind or rain pitter-pattering on the window-panes or roof...