It’s a familiar situation: you’re running an errand in the neighbourhood when you bump into an old friend. She smiles and says hi. You smile back and return the greeting. She says, “So, how have you been?” and before you can even formulate a response, she starts telling you about her spirited new yoga instructor, or how her child just got his first adult tooth. Not that you don’t care (you do), but wouldn’t it have been nice if she would’ve waited for you to answer, even if it was just to say, “I’m well, thanks for asking.”
The truth is that these are busy times. Cell phones. Emails. Emoticons. Words are cheap, but time is expensive. Conversation, actual conversation where one person talks while the other listens, is rare.
Every so often, though, someone will ask you something, and then just wait for a reply. You can tell by the way they look at you that they genuinely care to hear what you have to say. These people bring reminders of one of the most valuable skills of conversation, and one that is becoming more and more rare: listening.
Because doesn’t it feel good to tell someone who cares?
The things we’re grateful for linger long after the turkey’s been digested. To remind ourselves that celebrating life’s little joys is really where it’s at, The Loop’s calling out the everyday things that give us heaps of pleasure. Starting October 10, we’ll publish one new story daily about a thing, moment or experience that gives us the warm and fuzzies.
You’ve probably got plenty to be thankful for, too, and we want to know about it! Share what you’re most grateful for on Facebook here or via Twitter using the hashtag #12DAYSOFTHANKS (we’re @theloopca) or join the conversation on Hubub. Happy Thanksgiving!