Definition of GLEAN: intransitive verb
1: to gather grain or other produce left by reapers
2: to gather information or material bit by bit
1a: to pick up after a reaper. b: to strip(as a field) of the leavings of reapers
2a: to gather (as information) bit by bit. b: to pick over in search of relevant material/ gleaning old files for information.
The other day I was approached for some advice. We spoke only briefly, but during that moment I found myself going back to a dark place that I had once been in and it scared the crap out of me! I wondered, how can I continue to offer advice or help people if their issues bring up my old wounds? However, the reason I was being asked for advice is because I had gone through it and I may have have information that could offer some help. What I need to do is learn how to glean through my emotions.