Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Lost Art Of Conversation

I don't have any one on a regular basis to talk in depth about anything, anything at all. It is a rare thing indeed.
I have one or two people I exchange e mails with, but it is not the same thing.
A sit down, face to face exchange of ideas, that is what I long for.

It is important to enjoy the company of those you talk with. It is not a sparring debate of ideas rather it is an exchange of thoughts and points of the conversation. I had some of that yesterday.

It was a sit down after a round of golf that stretched for over four hours and many pitchers of beer.
Talking about whatever came to mind. Point, counterpoint new ideas.

One place I worked at, I had a few people to talk with like that, one I still meet up with on occasion for a few hours here and there.
But it is rare.
I like it because it challenges me to think a little deeper about a subject or to learn something new or gauge if some thought went into it or is it just repeating what was said on TV or the radio.

The idea is not to change the mind of the other person but rather explore different points of view.
And the why behind the thought. It leaves one looking for the next meeting.

Maybe I enjoy it so much because it is rare, I don't know.
But I do look forward to the next time.
Until then
I need a thinking man's cup of coffee...

ray
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