I enjoyed a really wonderful lunch recently. The food was terrific, but what made the lunch especially wonderful was the company. I hesitate in identifying my lunch dates. Should I call them colleagues? Clients? Both of those are definitely true. I’d like to call them “friends”. I hope that they would, too.
We chatted about a wide range of topics. I learned about the current highlights and challenges in their daily jobs.
The best part was when our conversation meandered into our personal passions. Kids, travels, hobbies and such. It was a pleasure to hear about the activities and issues that arrest their hearts, time and attention. We all have experience with non-profit management–what an interesting and delightful surprise! We exchanged ideas and support for each others’ plights.
I usually have lunch right here…sitting at this desk in front of this computer. My recent lunch outing was a great reminder that there’s tremendous value in getting out of the office and joining a colleague for a nice chat. In case you’re reading blog posts while having your lunch, I thought I’d send out this message of encouragement: get on the phone and call that contact that you’ve been meaning to call. It might prove to be a long overdue rewarding experience.