March 14 - Small Talk
"The weather today is great, isn't it?"
"Hey! How are you?"
"Can't wait for summer to get here."
Small talk. It happens to the best of us - at work, at the grocery store when we're waiting for grumpy Bill in the poultry section to ask us what we want, at church, and in our iPhones. It's the worst, and it quite honestly gives me incredible anxiety to be participating in a conversation I know is leading nowhere. I do not care about the weather forecast. I'll wear a coat if it's too cold tomorrow, thanks. I'd rather talk about spiritual things, the concept of eternity, awesome bands, the actual possibility of unicorns, and what it means to be alive. Anything short of that is not a real conversation to me.
Have we forgotten how to be real with one another? It seems as though we'd rather discuss the things going on around us, so we can avoid the things going on within us.