You need to keep up.
People change. What they were isn’t necessarily who they are. Not entirely at least.
I’m currently reading a biography on an historic figure, and I notice that sometimes they suggest he contradicts himself by saying one thing and then years later he says something else.
If someone wrote about me, I would hate to think that things I said years ago would still be considered my current point of view.
Because I, like everyone, change. I learn, I grow, I experience.
Some aspects may stay the same, but others won’t.
And all too often, the idea we have of a person can be an outdated one. That can even be true of people we are close to, like family or a spouse.
This is why we need to talk often. Open conversation helps us keep up with each other, it updates.
People aren’t mind-readers, they won’t always assume you think differently to what you once did.
Talk regularly about a variety of things. Even if you think you know how someone feels about something, discuss it again. Maybe there’s been a shift.
Often conversation is part of our personal evolution as we are exposed to different viewpoints & different ways of thinking.
Even if you know someone, get to know them again.
On the course of thinking on a new line, we can stumble on an idea trail. If we follow it, that idea starts to take shape.
When we're in a forced conversation, the temptation is to default to light filler topics. But it's easy to have a gripping conversation with someone you have never met before. It could be more memorable than you expect.
The future is here. This is the new approach to conversation - the unexpected, the unconventional, the unpredictable.
When you talk to someone, you realise they have passions, struggles, quirks & hopes. The same as you. This is how conversation builds acceptance of diversity.
When we bump into someone we haven't seen in a while, conversation doesn't always come easily. What should you talk about after all these years?
The fascinating thing about children is that they see the world in a different way to what you do. Even more, they have tremendous imaginations. Why wouldn’t you want to tap into that?
Complaining people are boring. If you need to get things off your chest, apply some strategy to it.