“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” – so they say. Do you think it’s true? I haven’t really thought about it until recently.
So I’ve been spending a lot of time with a new group of people because of a project I’m doing at work. While working on this project, they’ve became my lunch partner almost on a daily basis. We seemed to be getting along fine until we started to discuss about recent happenings.
To give you some background, we discussed a range of topics from US election, Jakarta’s Governor, until LGBT. Serious stuffs to be discussed over lunch, I know… perhaps because we could not find any other topics that we are all aware of.
However – our discussions never turned into a messy debate. In fact we never debated, because most of the time they would all have a specific point of view, in which, I don’t actually agree but decided to nod and smile anyway to avoid conflict.
I mean don’t get me wrong, there are times that I would speak up, but for this case I’d rather keep my silence because, hey, it’s just a harmless lunch discussion!
But anyway, with that happened, I began to realise – all this time I’ve been living in a bubble! A bubble of similar like-minded people which I call my family and friends. I do respect and celebrate differences though, no doubt about it, it’s just I barely have daily interactions with a group of people that don’t share my way of thinking….
In the end, I’m glad that I got the chance to interact with them, my so-called colleagues whom I don’t share a point of view with. That way I can learn, observe, and of course, celebrate our differences with a big, big, smile. 😀
When was the last time you hang out with a person not from your bubble? What was it like?