Today’s daily prompt is : Counting Voices
A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?
The answer is one or two.
A good conversation to me, is one that leaves me content and moved in a way that I want to store every spoken word in my mind somewhere just so I could rehear them. It may bring great comfort and relax your scattered thoughts or it may provide you with answers that you were looking for. A good conversation touches the deepest ends of your soul. Now these intellectual conversations are a rare breed. Oh! If only we could find these heavenly talks more often!
But, sometimes these magical conversations happens when you are having a little talk with your own mind. If you can maintain a good conversation with yourself, you are communicating with the best person there is; and that is your own mind.
I have good conversations with my students, colleagues and closest friends. The amount and the quality of the information being exchanged depend on the purpose of the conversation and the people who I am talking to. Personally, I despise gossip and pointless talk which are only a waste of anyone’s time. I am pleased by a simple conversation that still holds some value and something worth listening to.
Sadly, I have tried countless times to keep a conversation going with someone only to be disappointed with their lack of interest, patience and intellect to add value to the words they spoke. I’m not saying that you have to be a genius to connect with me. But, without valuable input of ideas, thoughts, a conversation is ruined before it even starts. Lack of interaction results in a dull and lifeless conversation. If you are not going to put any effort into the conversation, then why bother?
Exchanging opinions and thoughts are only a part of the communication process. Listening to the other person is the most important part which seems an impossible task in today’s world. Everyone is ready to talk, but reluctant to listen.
As an introvert, I am not the person to go up to someone and start a conversation. I can be very awkward in social settings. But, if I’m talking to someone, I try my best to make it interesting and worthwhile. With advancement of technology and various social media platforms, people are less communicative in real life as they have less time to invest in a good conversation. Some people start conversations and half way through, their heads are buried on their social accounts like Facebook, Instagram and Snap-chat (blah blah)!! Need I say more?
A meaningful conversation has the power to challenge your intellect and inspire you to learn, think and talk better. I like having a great chat with another person. But, if the conversation ends abruptly, I am not going to distress over it. Instead, I will go home and still have a good conversation with my own damn mind.