I know you have all heard of those ‘fun things to do in an elevator’ social experiments. Like, stand right next to the only other person in the elevator. Well, let me tell you that is fun…especially if she’s cute. But then after a while, you just feel creepy. Anyway….
That’s not what I’m talking about. Well, it sort of is, but not entirely. Well, I should back up and make sure you all know what an elevator is. If you had to click on that link I have ONE question for you: How are you connecting to the Internet way up in the Ozarks? That’s amazing….what digital divide??
Well, there are two digressions I’ve made so far in this post, let’s move on to the meat of the subject. Elevator Fun! Here’s the setting. I get in the elevator and there is already a guy standing there. He has pressed 6 and I need to go to 5. So, I press 5. Following along?
So, then I look at the guy and say “I’m always feel a bit awkward pushing the button for one floor below the floor already selected.” He chuckled and said “Don’t worry about it, it happens.”
We got to 5 and I said “Have a good one” and he said “You too!” Amazing dialogue isn’t it? I should write a novel.
Anyway, the point is this. I reached out with a disarming comment, it made both of us chuckle, which I know I needed after a long day at work and I can only imagine it lightened him up a bit too.
Very little effort. Depending on your perspective, fairly large rewards. We live in a society where a lot of people shy away from contact. Especially if that contact involves a stranger. But we also live in a society that MOST people will open up when presented the opportunity. I’m not saying there was a HUGE break in this guy’s personal walls, he was willing and took the opportunity to enjoy a slight moment of idle banter.
Or not….maybe he was just being polite and I am the only person that got any sort of profound happiness out of this. If that’s the case, then no harm no foul. I enjoyed it and I plan on making sure I continue to allow myself to be open to moments of idle banter…especially when riding in an elevator. DING!