Today’s perfect moment is not really an event. It was a question. The ensuing conversation that the question spawned was quite good, but it was the question itself that I have selected as the perfect moment.
If you are displaying a stunned or confused look right now….I don’t blame you. Even as I type this, I know it sounds strange. I guess I should clarify. Fortunately, I have a blog where I can do just that.
I work as an ESL teacher. I face questions from students and staff all day. While a student might ask me a questions which shows incredible depth, these same students might also ask me a question of such incredible mind numbing density that I am unable to answer. Those I have to deal with.
I was sitting in the lunchroom, getting ready to eat my sandwich. Today’s sandwich was by no means legendary (It was missing at least 6 ingredients by my count.), but it was on a nice piece of bread and it looked nice. Before I go any further, I am known at work for my sandwiches. They typically include the six ingredients that I said were missing and are usually assembled with love. It is also true that I have eaten a sandwich for most of my lunches (perhaps 99% of them).
But I digress.
I was sitting at a table between two new attractive, but young and unattainably attached staff members. Before I could start the devouring process, one, out of the blue, asked me what was the best sandwich I had ever eaten.
What an awesome question.
Despite her newness, she had already picked up on my sandwich habit, and surmised that I had an answer to the question. I doubt anyone else in that staff lunchroom would have asked me that question. It showed great insight. It also showed me that some people have skills at starting conversations.
I know this may sound silly to you, but think carefully. When was the last time someone asked you a question that was specifically tailored to you? When was the last time someone paid attention to you and your subtle mannerisms and habits that they could ask a question that only you could answer.
As you can see, I was impressed. It was a perfect question.