In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fireside Chat.”
The Daily Post has asked: “What person whom you don’t know very well in real life — it could be a blogger whose writing you enjoy, a friend you just recently made, etc. — would you like to have over for a long chat in which they tell you their life story?”
Best conversations come about in fireside chats or just sitting around the kitchen table. I think it’s when we learn the most from each other, when our hearts open to give our opinions and tell our stories.
How would it feel to clear our agendas for a day and sit down to talk with someone purely with the intention of listening and sharing what’s happening in our lives. Maybe, we need to hear about an experience or exchange different points of view on something.
Don’t you remember a late-night talk, when the moment was perfect, and you got the chance to tell someone your story. You felt comfortable revealing your truth, pouring out your heart because you were rewarded with a listening ear. Somehow, talking made all the difference, though very little was resolved.
What I take away from these types of talks is a feeling of connection. I’m plugged in again and no longer isolated. If I’m facing challenges, I’m comforted in hearing that someone else has been there and survived.
Years ago, I piloted a talking-stick workshop in a corporate environment. I wanted to get to know my fellow workers that I spent the majority of my day with and wondered if they ever thought about some of the things I thought about. I wanted the time I spent with them to have more value than just eye contact while passing in the hall. I knew I had a lot going on in my life but knew very little about them and wanted to learn what it took to be real.
So, beginning in 1999/2000, I started a 4-part workshop with a talking-sticking and a series of questions each having a theme. It went well for more than a year and I learned a lot about my co-workers and the process.
Given my 2015 statement to “Invite the Miraculous“, I’m challenging myself to take risks and try something new. I’ve been thinking about some things that have gone on in my life and, given the Daily Post’s prompt, I’m entertaining the idea of having a fireside/kitchen table chat (Google+) with you. What do you think — for an hour? There would be no right or wrong answers — just talking and sharing on how we feel and why on a given topic.
For me, the one thing I like to start with has been the topic of “Trust”. It’s how I started the workshops with the intention to establish a comfortable place to land with a couple of questions like:
- We hear and use the word trust a lot. What does trust mean to you?
- How is it earned?
I experimented a little with Google+ chat today with hubby and clearly I have some learning to do. So, if any of you out there have some expertise on how to get started with this, I’m game in finding out how so I can learn what to do to get started.
If you’re interested in something like this, let me know how you feel about it, what day/times work for you (I’m at MST — Mountain Standard Time) in the contact form below. If not, that’s okay, too, I’d welcome your thoughts in the comments below.
This is all new to me and I’m winging it. So, let’s have some fun getting to know one another more by having a fireside chat.
See The Daily Post’s prompt at Fireside Chat