Raise your hand if you used Zoom for a family or friend gathering this year. Yeah, me too. I’m super thankful for this technology in 2020 – I’m even teaching yoga classes this way. But after the initial excitement of “being together” and catching up a bit comes the awkward silence. Please tell me it’s not just MY family that searches for something else to say. We miss each other and don’t want to “end session” yet, but what else can we talk about?
Maybe due to safety concerns and travel restrictions you are staring down a Christmas “celebration” with the same few people you holed up with for months. You haven’t gone anywhere or done anything significant, so you wonder what you can talk about! How can you keep from vegging out in front of the TV (although Christmas movies are a delight ) and staring at your phones for the entirety of the break? I found exactly what will make 2020 gatherings, whether live or online, more fun and more meaningful.
I asked my fellow blogger and author Sue Donaldson where she got the idea to write conversation starters. Here is her response:
I created them because I’ve found that when we meet together it can be a waste of time if we don’t get to really know each other. It began when I invited believers and non-believers together at the same table. I ask a general question, and follow with a little bit deeper one. Then we go around the room, each person answering the questions. We end up connecting–laughing or crying or both– as we find commonalities in our stories. We become more empathic as we hear how someone has struggled or is in the midst of struggle. Asking the right question brings understanding which leads to compassion.
Conversation starters aren’t a new thing, but this one feels fresh. The author mixes fun topics with questions that encourage storytelling and sharing. Whether you order Say Something Special (available in digital form if you need it sooner than Amazon can deliver) or come up with your own, don’t just “hope” for a fun and meaningful celebration. Plan for it!
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