Conversation – I am working on it…

I think I had almost given up on people. Recently I have been struck by the general busyness of my life and those around me. One of the things that seem to suffer when we are busy is conversation. We talk about the rain, the football (well, I don’t but others do) or our kid. But we rarely share our lives, tell our stories to each other, reveal what is really on our hearts.

As I look at a friend or acquaintance I could wonder where their sad eyes come from, or I could ask them. And dare I say it, share my own sadness. Imagine us all in a room together, holding our sadness, tears, hopes, dreams, joys in bags – our emotional baggage that we don’t talk about. I wonder what bag would be weighing you down right now?

So if I told you that I recently had dinner with a group of people and we talked philosophy and ideas; we told each other about our life when we were 21 years old; we lamented change; we laughed and we shared extreme parenting moments would you be surprised? We started talking, conversing….it was the start of something. And it has given me hope that conversation is alive. But I have to work at it. Are you with me?

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2 thoughts on “Conversation – I am working on it…”

  1. I'm with you. I've been trying to work on the quality of my conversations lately too. It's a (rest of) lifelong habit I would like to cultivate – the habit of good and uplifting conversation. I am definitely with you.

  2. Thanks Meredith. I am wondering what we can do, how we can encourage one another to converse well, with words of encouragement and hope? I am often struck by older people who know how to engage, make introductions, connect people, ask after the family and disappear. And it is only after that I realise that he/she has helped me make a new friend and has left me feeling cared for. The art of conversation is being lost….

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