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December 22, 2006
How many people do you converse with?
Have you seen those cartoons where two or three of the faces are drawn, and the rest are shadows? I think that's the way many of us live. We converse with a select group and treat everyone else as extras. Sometimes a person is just a form spilling into our space in the subway, or one holding a precious position ahead of us in the line for coffee or at the post office. We simplify our lives by reducing the performing cast. For some people, life is a cast of one.
I'm thinking this after reading Valeria Maltoni's post about thinking together. Quoting William Isaacs, she writes:
"Treat the person next to you as a teacher. What is it that they have to teach you that you do not now know? Listening to them in this way, you discover things that might surprise you."
NOTE: Sorry I unwittingly duplicated yesterday's Starbucks post. I fixed a bad link in it, and instead of editing, it republished. I can't figure out how to erase one without the other.
Maybe 10 a day.
This a profound post, it makes you think more about the other persons experiences that you might not of had. Maybe if got all cultures thinking this way, there would be more peace.
Posted by: Keith Cash at December 25, 2006 09:57 AM