For some reason I can’t explain, I’ve been paying attention to how people interact regardless of where I am. These are some of the things that had stood out that I want to share.
This happened at the grocery store where Person 1 sounded like a regular customer by the things she said prior. Person 2 is old enough to be my grandfather and a friendly cashier. He was the kind of person who probably liked to know his patrons as more than just people handing over money for goods received.
Person 1: “How are doing, young man.”
Person 2: “I’m doing fine with what I’ve got. How about you?”
Isn’t that true of most of us? We’re usually doing fine with what we’ve got because we’re always making lemonade with our lemons. But isn’t this a great attitude to have whenever you’re looking at your situation? I love it. 🙂
Here’s another one. I can’t exactly tell you where this happened or the circumstances, but it was a scene that will stay with me for a while.
Person 1: “So in essence, you’re lying”
Person 2: “No. I’m just using the truth to my advantage.”
This left me rolling with laughter, along with the rest of the room. I wish I could share the context with you, but I can’t. Just trust me when I say it was hilarious and nice to know that someone was bold enough to admit it. How many times have we all done this?
My buddy Edie has to be one heck of a dialogue expert, though she’ll probably deny it. She listens to people and writes down what they say if it strikes a chord with her. Me? I don’t take the care like she does because it never occurs to me to do so. After being present on these two occasions, I think I’m going to start listening better now. 🙂
Anything you’ve heard that strikes a cord with you?