Next time you’re out, try watching an exchange between two people.
In conversations I witness, each person appears to clearly hold his own opinions as being of primary importance, and the other’s as being worth considerably less, though each might pretend otherwise.
I see the potential for connection in just about everyone now; I no longer feel bound by differences of age, interests, cultures, or opinions.
The secret to connecting with people is when they speak. Many of you are probably thinking that you already do that anyway. Certainly we know what the other person is saying, but most of the time, we don’t particularly care for the topic, or if we do, our minds are already busy forming a response.
Bonds did form, deep ones sometimes, but it was always a product of circumstance.
I made friends with people I was in class with or worked with, because some interaction is bound to happen in those places.
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There would be no communication at all if I did that.
But I do know some who do, and in my more conscious moments, I can genuinely appreciate everything a friend tells me about hunting.
The specifics of his anecdotes are not so important; it’s the glint of excitement in his eyes, and more importantly, the enthusiasm that swells in him when he realizes somebody is actually being receptive to his story.
But to actually form a relationship without the help of circumstances was something I had never experienced.
I’ve shed much of my shyness through deliberately speaking up more and other forms of comfort-zone-pushing, but I eventually made a discovery that really opened the floodgates for me.
For a long time I didn’t feel like I had a lot of people to relate to.