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Popularity 3Viewed 4570 times 2014-12-11 03:33 |System category:Life| Slow, down, and, enjoy

<br><div><div>I have been very fortunate to have traveled over a lot of this world. &nbsp;I have been equally blessed to have met many people from every continent. I am sure many of you can say the same thing.</div><div><br></div><div>At a very early age I learned that the best way to get people to talk, is to get them to talk about themselves. I do not mean getting them to talk in a boastful or negative way, but the fact of the matter is that it is a subject that they know best. Asking questions is the best way to get them to start.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; Where are you from?</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; Where is that?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; What do you do?</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; Where did you go to school?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; Do you have family?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; How many?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; Are you close to your family?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; What is the weather like there?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; What are your hobbies?</div><div><br></div><div>You get my point. There are a million questions I can ask, to help them lead to many interesting stories. &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>The whole reason for my thoughts today is to tell everyone, to slow down for just a few minutes, and let someone tell you their story. There have been so many life lessons that I have learned, because of listening to people's stories.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Some stories have inspired me because of their overcoming adversity.</div><div>Some have have made me laugh, because they are so funny.</div><div>Some have made me smarter, because I did not make their same mistake.</div><div>Some have made me sad, because of their hardships.</div><div><br></div><div>Whatever the story, I have always learned, and I have always gained a new friend, because I have genuinely listened. It has been one of the real treats in my life to know so many interesting stories.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>If anyone wants to share their story with me, I am all ears. If you want to hear mine, I will gladly share. &nbsp;Whatever the case, slow down and let's enjoy each other. Always remember, you may never see that person again. Do not let a story get away from you.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Best to all.&nbsp;</div><div style="line-height: 1.8em;"><br></div></div><div><br></div>

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