What is life all about?
What is the one thing that we have to do all the time?
How do we get ahead in our business careers, personal and spiritual lives?
The only answer to these questions is – Talking to People!
I had the morning off yesterday and I had some business to do at my local police station. I always dread going to a government office because of the perceived inefficiency, corruption and other horror stories which I am sure are more urban legends than general common experience!
I decided, as I was parking my car, to see how many people I could talk to. Not just ask questions about what I wanted to know, but actually engage with people, talk to them as fellow humans.
My experience was astounding!
I discussed the merits of drinking hot water with ginger, mint and lemon instead of coffee and tea to help people who are reporting traumatic incidents. An old and wise sergeant debated the stages of a personal relationship as his father taught it to him – in depth insights on infatuation, love, parenting and friendship. The cashier lady discussed concepts of honesty and integrity that they encourage at that station and how that has helped her teenage children, and I sat in on an impromptu lesson given to patrol officers by a private security officer on how to approach a suspicious vehicle!
Who would have thought that there was such a depth and diversity of knowledge and human experience at a simple community police station?
What other human insights are out there that we miss in the hustle and bustle of our daily grind?
As best you can, take some time to talk to the humans around you. You will be surprised at the depth and value that will be added to your life!