Good morning. How are you doing? Are you still at the same job?
I can’t complaint. Life’s treating me well.
How’s your son? Didn’t he just have a birthday?
Yeah, she’s alright. The missus sends her love.
I sit there dumbfounded. What? says the look that I give.
Did he even hear what I said?
This conversation repeats all around the world. People don’t pay attention anymore. Responses are so programmed that you can barely have an honest to goodness unprogrammed, non-robotic conversation. When I realized that I was doing the same thing, I started listening. Life is too short to have a series of meaningless encounters. Now, when someone asks me how I am doing, I actually stop if I have the time and shoot the breeze.