“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention,
life doesn’t suck.”
— Joss Whedon
I needed coffee. Off to my local Starbucks I went. Mind you it’s in the bakery section of our supermarket and normally busy with people and shopping carts. I began scouting the area; however, identifying a discernible line was difficult. I did notice a woman at the counter and a guy with a cart too far away to say he was definitely on line.
I looked at the guy and we began an entire conversation of just looks and nods. He turned around as I got in line and mentioned that we had an entire conversation without saying a word. We both laughed and started talking.
The story he shared and the free coffee was why I decide to write this post.
His girl friend has three daughters, 15, 18, and 21. Mom, the girls, and this gentlemen were all at the house. He said the girls were in the living room and the TV was on, girls had iphones and headphones on, texting, and laptops. Of course they were all heads down and not talking – maybe via their cell phones! To the mom, he mentioned she should do something – change the behavior. She complained that it was just the way things are and went back to her own phone. He decide to leave and went home. What made the story stick was the fact that the mother called 3 hours later when she had realized he left.
He was also nice enough to buy me my coffee and thanked me for the conversation. We both left laughing and feeling a little better than we probably did when we entered the store. It made me think – how many people are missing opportunities to interact with great people because they are walking around with their heads down. Is that email or text really that important?
That missing conversation could have been the next most important contact you made. Someone to change your life, but if you never looked up; well, you would have missed it. Maybe it was your turn to help them.
Maybe you just get a nice cup of coffee.