No one expected this. That we would still be in the pandemic.
With all its uncertainties, continuing to branch off into layers of not-knowing. The pandemic was changing us. It still is.
Were you, like me, wondering how to connect meaningfully with people near and far? Or did you retreat into the comfort of familiar routines, not going too far outside of the lines because, for one, you couldn’t, but also, because the meaningfulness of doing so was suddenly lost.
Trivial conversations with people who don’t really care about you somehow became way less important. Or, the opposite. Neighbors saying hello in casual moments of passing by might have been the only socializing you’d have. Maybe you didn’t want that, maybe you did.
Maybe it mattered: finding new people to interact with and build on conversations that go somewhere, over time.
Maybe it matters again.
According to the World Economic Forum, in this January 2022 article, ‘Meaningful conversations enrich the fabric of our daily lives. They bring a sense of wonder, interconnectedness and familiarity to our interactions and serve as the groundwork for a more functional society.
‘Understanding the “other” as a weak tie can broaden and strengthen our idea of community. In times of crisis, many of our connections become weaker and more isolated, which is something to be more mindful of as lockdowns resurge…. as meaningful connections create stronger bonds between the wider community, we can combat loneliness and isolation by conversing at a deeper level.
‘Curiosity, accountability, generosity and humility are values and practices currently missing in the public discourse, which has led to incredible polarization and narrowing space for civil interactions. meaningful conversations can transform our interpersonal reactions and our world, which is why we need more of them.’