I talked awhile ago about the power of conversation in a short video on YouTube but I wanted to reiterate my point(s) here. Many people overlook the power of simply having a conversation with someone. And the beauty of a conversation isn’t about what you can gain but what you can learn or even help someone else with in their work, writing or life.
Recently, I had reconnected with a colleague friend of mine, Edie Galley, whom I hadn’t talked with in over a year. As you may or may not have heard or read the summer of 2011 and since has been a trial of doctor’s appointments, medication refills, hospital visits then repeat. And repeat. And repeat. And this wasn’t myself, it was my husband for the better half of 2012 and then my parents followed in line with my dad being hospitalized over the holidays and then my mom in for heart surgery on Valentine’s Day this year. And she shared with me about things going on with some of her family members and how it affected her life.
Anyway, I digress…getting back to the conversation with my friend. I was just making the point that when lives get crazed it can take you away from making those connections or re-connections, as in this case, with people you know.
When we finally did connect again it was so lovely just to be able to sit and listen and hear about what she has been going through and be there for her as she was there for me. What a great support to have someone to talk with about similar situations. It’s a real comfort to know that the other person on the phone understands what you are going through—like a 1-on-1 support group.
Many times I think we feel we can just do everything ourselves and we don’t need others to help. That’s so much bologna and we know it!
As Edie and I continued talking, we got on the subject of what we were doing for work—what writing we were doing, our websites, upcoming events or programs, etc. In the midst of our conversation, it came to us that we should do an inspirational workshop together in 2013. She is going to focus on healthy living and I’m going to share about self love and self care. We are excited to share our experiences and knowledge to help others and that is what the main focus of the workshop is about—helping others. We haven’t worked out the details but they will be coming, so stay tuned.
So for this week my tip is this—pick up the phone or even send an email to someone you haven’t talk to in awhile. Reach out and be a support, help and inspiration for someone you know. You never know what can happen. You may find you receive more than you expected in the process just by being there for someone.
Hey! You might just end up putting together a workshop, event or collaborative project together like Edie and I.
WHOOHOO! The Power of a Conversation!