My friend, Sally, made this winter scene quilt and it’s one of my favorites. You can see it won a blue ribbon at a local quilt show. She has boat loads of ribbons for her quilts.
The weather, well, it’s raining right now in Charleston, kind of cool, not too bad. 😉
Actually, you may be interested in knowing that there’s something about the weather that can help you in a strange and powerful way. What you’re about to read can actually change your life, if you’re the kind of person who ever struggles with small talk.
I used to think that discussing the weather was not very intellectual. I mean, you can’t change it and it’s always changing.
Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone, helped me to look at the weather from a totally different perspective. One that has improved my life significantly.
Here’s the thing about the weather:
It’s something that affects EVERYONE: all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexes, genders, age groups, income and education levels. It’s an equalizer. That makes it a phenomenal way to connect to people.
I’ve been truly astounded at how easy it is to strike up a conversation about the weather with a perfect stranger. All you have to do is say something, anything, about the weather. And then magically you now have someone to talk to!
Since I never watch television, I sometimes ask people what the weather report is. They usually know. Isn’t that cute?
And even better, people seem to be glad I’m asking them.
Like a lot of teachers and academics, I love teaching but I used to be really uncomfortable with small talk. I would rack my brain trying to think of something intelligent to say, and of course experience brain freeze every time.
I was asking myself the wrong question all the time. Most people don’t want intelligent conversation, whatever that is, they just want to connect to people. That’s a heck of a lot more fun every time.
So, how’s the weather where you are? Wet enough for you?