Earlier this week I was in one of our local coffee houses taking a break and catching up on some emails, when a very nice gentleman sat down next to me and simply said, “Good morning.” With my head down looking at my laptop, I turned around and acknowledged his presence. After sharing pleasantries, we immediately started talking about our work. He was retired, and appeared to be fully enjoying that chapter in his life’s journey. We talked (and listened) about all the jobs and places each of us had been during our careers, and how we ended up living in North Bend. Before I knew it, we had been talking for almost an hour. When it was time to part ways, I thanked him for the pleasant, and much needed distraction. We shook hands, and I continued on with the rest of my day. It wasn’t until later in the afternoon that I stopped again to ponder about that particular conversation, and then it dawned on me – I could not remember the last time I had an unplanned encounter that developed into a rich conversation with no agenda. He was just as interested in me, as I was with him.
We get so busy with our day-to-day routines, and sometimes get lost in the “noise,” that we tend to forget about the simpler things in life, like a face-to-face casual conversation. Just for kicks, the next time you’re grabbing a morning coffee, eating lunch, or enjoying your favorite libation, try and strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know. Concentrate on listening, instead of talking! You never know, you might just learn something to help make your day a little more colorful…a little more meaningful.