Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Meaningful Conversations 1

This is the first of a multi-part series on meaningful conversations.

Meaningful conversations energize and motivate us, make our hearts and minds thrill, make life more exciting and worthwhile. So, why don’t we have more of them? Fear, embarrassment, fear of rejection, fear of being too personal or imposing on others.

But what if we thought of Life as a giant jigsaw puzzle and that the important things deep inside you, things you see, but others don’t, are pieces of that puzzle?

All of us have thoughts and feelings – hopes, dreams and visions no one else has. What if we knew that the giant jigsaw puzzle of Life won’t be complete ‘till we share our pieces? Deep down we do know this and there is a deep desire to see the puzzle complete, to share our pieces and be fulfilled. But we’re afraid.

For example, you’re at a networking meeting.

And you feel like sharing what’s in your heart, the really meaningful important stuff, just letting your guard down and sharing the joy, fears, sadness and pain, hope and optimism. Has that ever happened to you?

You want to drop the mask of the cool professional and reveal what you really care about, what’s most important to you, as well as what really frightens and worries you. Has that ever happened to you?

You don’t want to prove anything, to influence or change anyone, you just want to talk, to have a meaningful conversation; to connect with somebody in an open, honest and meaningful way; not to win anything, or blame anyone, or to reinforce you own POV but to join with others, to belong and be a part of something meaningful and really worthwhile?

Where do you suppose those feelings, the desire to do that, come from?

When those feelings come up, what do you usually do with them? Stuff ‘em? Think they’re inappropriate for a meeting like this; delusional; wishful thinking; not achievable; shouldn’t be achieved, bad for good order and business?

What if all those reasons are wrong; not only wrong, but harmful? What if the desire to have a meaningful conversation comes from our souls, our connection with Spirit – the highest and best within us, and the reasons to deny it, come from the opposite place?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, absolutely great, if you could be authentic and share what you really care about and what’s most important to you?

Think about it. How would if feel? Would you have less stress? Be more relaxed? Enjoy your work more? Be more productive? Manage your time more effectively?

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