LEARNING AND LISTENING

I have had a chance to learn from great speeches & conversations lately.

I have had a chance for interesting conversations lately; everyone from airplane seat companions to catching up with friends. Everybody knows at least a little bit about many, many topics; some people know a lot about a lot of things. I rarely start conversations with total strangers, but some people do. And when someone asks me a question, I try to respond in a short, straight-forward manner. Then, I ask the same question — about them. I am always interested in listening to the responses, and picturing that person’s life. When it’s a friend, I am picturing updates on what I already knew about them.

I have also had a chance to be at several interesting, and even important, meetings lately. I even know some of the “presenters;” they spoke to groups, sometimes huge groups, about current problems and proposed solutions. I made some notes, which I have reviewed in the last day or two. I have made follow-up lists — notes to write, questions to research, books to find and read, recipes to try, equipment to buy. I want to answer some questions, satisfy some curiosity, replicate some experiences. I know that I will need help at times, and I know that my friends — old and new — will be resources. How lucky am I?

“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” Will Rogers

or maybe

“You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” Mark Twain

and always

“Most people know something about something.” I made that up myself!