Unless you really have important plans…
If an old friend invites you for coffee, show up.
If an old schoolmate (not necessarily close to you) from high school is coming to town and wants to reconnect, show up.
If an “enemy” from your past pops an FB message wants to meet-up, show up.
If you have some routine appointment, skip it. I’m sure you’ll find time for that soon anyway.
Your time is precious, but if it’ll just be time spent as a couch potato… then what’s the worst that can happen?
It turns out that you have totally nothing in common with the old schoolmate and have the most boring conversation ever. Big deal, at least you know it’s best to invite other mutual friends to join you next time.
The old friend tricked* you for a MLM pitch or an insurance sales pitch. Big deal, you can always firmly say NO, and blacklist him.
If the enemy still has a grudge, well, I hope you did not meet at a shady establishment. Otherwise, you can just shrug it off and tell him it’s time to move forward, separate from each other as you have already done.
Fine, there may be other worst things that could happen.
But, now, think of the possibilities.
What can happen just because you showed up?
You could actually have a wonderful conversation with your old friend. One that warms the heart and pushes you forward.
You might be able to patch things up with that old enemy.
You will probably learn new insights from your old schoolmates’ experiences, as he can from yours.
You might be able to establish new businesses.
You will probably learn something new.
You could find someone worth sharing ideas with.
The possibilities are endless.
* If they believe in their product, I will respect that. I will not respect them tricking me though
Originally published at Coach Rye.