This photo is of my friend Stan. At first, you might look at his t-shirt and think it means something crude. But, if you knew Stan, you wouldn’t think that. Stan is the best listener, the most positive, one of the happiest people I know. What’s for rent by the hour are his listening skills, and he won’t even charge you. Actually, he might even give you free coffee.
Stan works at my favorite coffee shop. I first got to know him last winter when I was going through the hardest part of my life that I’ve had so far. I was floundering, trying to get through each day and I’m sure I looked miserable. I would stop in to get coffee between work and picking up my daughter. Stan looked at me one day, pulled me aside, and started talking to me. At that point I didn’t really know him – I just knew he was one of the guys who worked there. He told me that it would get better. And he listened. I told him everything. And he listened.