While at a bookstore awhile ago, I picked up a couple of books that included common greetings, some slang terms and dirty words for a given language. I selected them with the intent to leave them around the office for people to browse at random. But then I noticed they each contained very sexual sessions that weren't exactly work appropriate. So now I am stuck with a couple books. Or am I?? Let's give them away!
There's a friend of a friend who is pretty quiet and we I've always struggled talking with him on anything other than pure technical things - and even then, it's very concise. He knows French pretty well so I decided to give him one of the books. I didn't think much of it and honestly when I did it, I wasn't even thinking of this blog. I've seen him a few times since then and each time he's brought up the book or shared an anecdote from the book. I always figured he didn't really want to connect with me so it's been surprising to interact now much more.
It feels comforting and humanising to connect with people - to have some type of meaningful conversation outside today's weather. Heck, I think we all do but we just don't to do it with everyone. It's hard to find that common ground, you just have to keep looking.
Paul in Amsterdam.