"Polite conversation is rarely either."
- Fran Lebowitz
Let’s Get Real
I’m noticing who is showing up in my life, who I am reaching out to, and how much more REAL our conversations are. No superficial chit-chat. What we say and what we hear is personal, honest, and a form of sustenance.
What sustains us in uncertain times is real connection at a level of depth that offers meaningful support as humans. Most, almost all, of these conversations are online. Many are with people dear to each other in places 5 miles to 5000 miles away. We are committed to staying in touch regularly and show up at our agreed upon time willing to stay as long as it takes. One of the questions we often explore is,
“What matters most?”
These conversations require deep listening, sometimes not talking at all and just being together.
I’m not suggesting that we don’t laugh, lighten up, drink wine and have fun.
What I am suggesting is the something more is also available.
Of course, we can’t live on a steady diet of depth. We need to come up for air, take care of day to day life, grapple with realities like paying the bills, doing our work (if we are fortunate enough to be able to do that), and being in the practical world of doing what needs to be done.
And, perhaps this is an opportunity to be the one who is willing to get real.
I’d love to hear from you.