One Saturday afternoon I was at the barbershop with my son Aidan, waiting for his haircut to be finished. I pulled out my phone to occupy my time when a man walked in and sat next me. Clearly I was engaged with my phone but he insisted on speaking to me. I politely nodded but my introverted self was thinking, "please, no small talk right now".
But there was something in this man's way of being that made me put my phone away. It became clear after a short while that he had no agenda other than genuinely wanting to connect.
Hesitantly, I turned my interest to him.
I learned that his name was Fred and that he was going to turn 58 on Tuesday. He was proud that for a man his age, he hardly had any gray hair. He told me about his motorcycle and visiting his elderly mother. He was very kind to me and complimented both my son and me- told Aidan how handsome he looked with his new haircut! He said "Hey man, you sure do look handsome, I'm happy for ya!"
My son smiled.
In reality, this man blessed me. And I would have totally missed connecting with this genuine person had I not worked with my amazing client April, a Motivational Speaker and Trainer. From her, I learned how important it is to MAKE the time to connect with our fellow human beings and what we could possibly miss if we don't.
April opened me up to the fact that not everyone we come in contact with has an "agenda" or an ulterior motive. Sometimes people want nothing else other than to connect, to reassure that we are here, that we matter.
And that's better than anything I could possibly read on my phone.
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Christian Marie Herron, is Story Mentor and Creative Consultant for entrepreneurs, thinkers and creatives.