A performance review meeting ends up being a counselling session for my manager, as he later said. Of late, I had noticed he was not his usual self – he seemed preoccupied. We began with discussing my performances and future progress plan and ended up talking about matters he was dealing with in his personal life. He was emotional and held his tears back. We had a good conversation, and it was worth focusing on someone who was carrying a lot of pain. He thanked me, saying he felt much better.
Once again, I realised how important it is to be mindful and kind to people around us. We never know the battle they must be fighting in life. It was a good reminder for me. I checked on him after a few days to see how he was, and he acknowledged that talking about it helped and that now he is looking at the situation from a different perspective. I was relieved to know he is ok. His retirement plan is something he is focusing on now with hope.
Active listening can heal a heart.