Productive but exhausting – one part exertion, one part stretching the mind, one part opening it …
I had a confusing exchange with a colleague – different viewpoints on a tricky issue. We talked it out had both retain the same view. We say we understand each other, but we don’t. I wonder how general an issue that is with everyone who struggles to see aye-to-aye with someone.
And a conversation with a new colleague – getting acquainted, brainstorming a problem, swapping some stories. It’s great to have those free-flowing time-consuming conversations when driving; it’s way better than listening to the radio.
I rounded out my day with a delightful meeting with a leader, an innovator, a chief of his people – and now I’m a fan of his. We don’t see eye to eye either, but we were trying to understand each other, not to agree or to disagree, but to understand. That’s fun when it unfolds with intriguing surprises, forks in the road, twists and turns.
It was a good day.
People are not what they seem, which doesn’t mean they are deceitful or elusive – but they don’t see life as we do.
They see it as they do.
I’m reminded of that great ANAÏS NIN, quote: “We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”