Gate 13: The Gate of the Listener
You are a natural-born listener. Everyone wants to tell you stories, confide in you, share their problems. Friends, acquaintances, strangers: You’re a magnet for everyone who wants to talk about their lives. It can get tiring, of course, because you’ve got enough to do as it is, and here you are listening to others pour out their souls. But this is your special trait, and there is nothing you can do about it. Respect your nature and switch over from sympathy to empathy. In other words, stop feeling sorry for those around you and try to learn to empathize. Your compassion will help them determine their purpose and direction in life. At the very least, acknowledging a problem is the first step toward finding a solution. At the end of the day, there’s a lot you can learn from other people’s stories.