Moving a conversation forward
That next thing you’re going to say, what’s it for?
Is it to advance the conversation, to get a client, to make them go away, to find intimacy, to share a truth, to ask for help, to offer help, to pass the time, to learn something, to teach something, to build trust…
Talking about the weather is a stall. Stalling has a function, but it’s not the best we can do.
Intention opens the door to forward motion.
Someone has left a note on the car windshield
I was walking to harp practice and saw the keys on the sidewalk. Honest person that I am, I took them into the OFFICE OF THE ART DEPARTMENT. I gave them to the secretary, identifying the car they belonged to.
I left a note on the car windshield directing the person the office and to ask for them and signed my name on the not– as if the person would know who I was. But they don’t know me. I am not famous, I am just another person who would want her keys returned to her. Give and it will be given to you.
But I did want my existence acknowledged. Maybe those were the keys to the kingdom that Matthew 16:19 talks about in the bible. So I could bind my demons of not feeling worthy and therefore had to prove my right to exist. Or perhaps I wanted to lose some prosperity and kindness into the world.
Whatever. Maybe it was just to return the keys to the rightful owner. Simple act. Kind act. I was able to validate my existence.