I wont do this often, but im going to elaborate on my day.
I work in a restuarant, which invites pretty shallow relationships between co-workers. We have enough time to vent or ramble about random meaningless things, but hardly much room for conversation of worth or of use. Today I was very impressed when I found myself engaging in a quite interesting conversation in the middle of Applebees with a manager I have only worked with for a few weeks, and a young co-host Latasha Iv’e worked with for a while that I seem to know nothing about. Raul overheard me extending an invitation to Latasha to come to church with me to a college group as it pertained to a semi-personal discussion we had began. This really was the extent of what he knew about us personally. I cant quite remember how the subjects we eventually approached came about, but mid conversation our manager looked at the two of us girls and said “Im so proud of you two. Im proud of the women you are, the things that you are doing for yourselves, and the things you are doing with your lives.” I initially was shocked to be hearing this from him. Not that it was unusual for someone to be proud of us for the things we had been conversing about, but for him to be so kind to say that he gunuinly was proud of us as people, not his associates. As my shock began to wear off I found it beautiful. Raul opened up to us tonight. The three of us ended up talking for a while, us listening to his religious views and how its effected his life, not in an extreamly deep way, but in a very personable manner. I was honored by the authenticity and blessed to have this experience. I feel as though im appreciated for the person I am there now rather than just how I contribute to the workplace. It was fulfilling. I need to remember to thank him for this.
This was only ONE of the interesting conversations I had today… im going to have to pick up in the morning; my most recent conversation needs to be processed into legible thoughts.