Do you ever stop and get to really know people, and I mean really know them? When you sit down and have a meal with someone or a phone conversation, do you really stop and listen to what the other person is saying? Have you ever thought about what the other person sitting across from you at the restaurant can really share with you?

Today I had brunch with a family member and a friend of hers. I decided at the beginning of brunch that I just wanted to listen to what this new person had to contribute and really listen to who he was. To my surprise, he had so much to offer me and contribute to my life. We actually have a lot in common, and had I not chosen to really listen to him, I would have never really ‘heard’ him. By the way, this is a person, that on paper; I would probably not get along with. We have very different political views. However, what doesn’t matter is how we vote in the ballot box, but how we show up in our day-to-day lives. Because I took that time to get to know the person sitting across from me, I learned that this person was actually someone that I could hang out with and we could equally contribute to each other’s lives.

I really had to examine, how many times a day, do I meet people, and not really listen to them. What am I missing by not really connecting and listening to what people have to offer to me? What could I be missing and not offering to people? All of us want to be connected with others but how quickly we rush through our day and don’t stop and take the time to really connect with the person sitting across from us.

So I challenge you, over the next week, stop and really listen to the person sitting across from you. Who is that person? How can you connect with them? How can the two of you help each other? You just never know who you might meet.

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