Sunday the kid and I went down to our local waterfront and had a nice lunch consisting of Jack in the box, cupcakes, and milkshakes. On our way back we decided to stop by the local Starbucks where we took a moment to catch our breaths while grabbing a couple of water bottles for the walk back home.
We picked a spot outside where a couple of tables and chairs lined up. A gentleman was sitting at the one next to us. We exchange courtesy hellos which turned into an inspired life-shattering conversation for the better.
It was one of those rare conversations where you didn’t want the day to end and hoped for the time to slow down, the blue sky chased the sun while we sat and talked about the importance of networking with others.
We both appreciated and acknowledged the rarity of the conversation as we indulged in the talk of various topics including race, politics, to college degrees and the small things such as enjoying the blue sky afternoon. He went on about how he been working for 43 years and how the generation has changed with technology…
and how his son yearns to become a travel writer, as the conversation went on for hours, I got the jest that we both were hoping for the time to slow, because so many topics were yet to be explored.
The sky continued to churn out the sun as people walked by in tune with their own minds, ignoring the slightest clue about two people engaging in a conversation, where both parties will walk away feeling a bit different at the end.
As we said our goodbyes, we exchanged wisdom beyond the boundaries of the courtesy farewells, knowing that it could be awhile until we both held that rarity in our conversations once again.
Speaking of blue skies, Thank you Irving Berlin.
The Importance of Networking
Networking like many other daily habits is a crucial element that we often skip because we are too busy in a hurry or just too fragile to try. Whatever, the reason may be, we don’t seem to be doing it enough.
There is a saying
“It’s not about what you know, but who you know”
and that saying rings true at times.
You do have to have a skill in the field you wish to go into.
Having a skill is not everything.
Networking with someone in the same field can do wonders.
Honing your craft can take years.
Learning is forever.
I have been writing for years and it has gotten me far, but knowing some people in the field or knowing of some people in the field has also helped me. In the way that networking helps is not always black and white, there is a gray area and that gray area can be an inspiration.
The Benefits of Conversing with A Stranger
This article was written because of the unexpected conversation I had on what would have been- just another Sunday afternoon. Not only did I walk away with an article idea, I walked away feeling replenished rather than drained.
Engaging in conversations that replenish your energy instead of draining your mood factors into your overall health. Sometimes conversing with strangers is more beneficial than conversing with a friend, because often times our friends are too comfortable to pour all their drama onto our psyches. However, when talking with someone we don’t know in a coffee shop, for instance, can be rewarding.
Mini Call to Action
Talk with someone the next time you’re enjoying your coffee at your local Starbucks.