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De-Fragmenting Life

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Have you ever noticed that many of us create various separate lives for ourselves? Well, I am realizing that I am too disorganized to do that effectively…

I had a coffee chat downtown with my friend Caleb this morning to catch up and brainstorm about my new blog because he also loves connecting with people. We chatted about our mutual desire to bridge the different areas of our lives. Our chat gave me better clarity of what I want to accomplish through this blog. As readers, you will probably not agree with everything I believe – from my faith, to political views, to my taste in coffee. But, I don’t want to hide any of that. I want to practice being open with different people about all of the above, while also learning more about others’ beliefs. I’ve always been frustrated that people are often not very real about who they are. I think we often don’t share certain things about our lives because we are afraid they may be different from someone else’s, but I’m realizing that is what makes life dynamic. I want to learn how to better communicate all aspects of my life, while always being open to learn from others.

For instance, I am a Christian, I play the guitar, I am fairly extroverted and love interacting with all types of people, and I work in the conservative think-tank / policy world in D.C. Yet my interests far exceed policy and politics. And I do not want to only talk to folks who believe everything I do – there’s no fun (or learning) in that. I want to make sure I am always honest about who I am in all areas of my life, while constantly remaining open to be challenged by the beliefs and experiences of others.

To thank Caleb for his inspiration, I want to pass on information on a project he is working on. He’s a writer and film maker and he is working with the U.S. State Department on a worldwide video contest on “What is Democracy?” Check it out – http://www.videochallenge.america.gov/

Join the conversation – please post comments and/or email theconversationguy@gmail.com with stories or thoughts you would like me to write about.

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October 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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The First Conversation

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So, today, I did what I often do…had coffee with someone just to chat, catch up, and see if I could maybe learn something. Little did I know it would result in this new blog, and my new identity as the “conversation guy.”

My conversation with Tony Woodlief at an Arlington, VA Starbucks over a Pumpkin Spice Latte (me) and a Hot Chocolate (Tony), included multiple topics such as faith, politics, work, and life. Part of the conversation involved me trying to explain a single thread of what I am passionate about through all areas of my life… and it is you – people that is. Ever since I was a kid, I always loved talking to people, and not just people I know – the cashier at the grocery store, the taxi cab driver, or the random person next to me on the plane. Now, whether it is at work, at church, or at a random networking event… I get energy from interacting with people, and would like to think I occasionally encourage others.

We can learn so much about life by talking to others. So, I am setting out on a journey – to talk to people in various situations, going far beyond the places I currently go, to see what people think…which, may in turn, change the way you and I think about things. I promise that I’ll provide a perspective different than any DC newspaper could – and that I’ll do my best to keep the posts short and interesting.

And if you want to learn more about the hot chocolate drinking Tony Woodlief who helped inspire my new identity, you can check out his blog at http://www.tonywoodlief.com.

If there’s a specific topic or question you would like to hear how different people would respond to, please email theconversationguy@gmail.com.

Please check back often to stay part of the conversation.

– The Conversation Guy

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October 15, 2009 at 12:08 am

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