The Significance Is In The Insignificance
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The Significance Is In The Insignificance

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The Significance Is In The Insignificance

Most conversation in life is filler. Of course, such filler is interspersed with discussion of impactful situations that push one’s emotions. However, for the most part, our day-to-day talking points include food, the weather, and one’s appearance. “What’s for ______(insert: breakfast, lunch, or dinner)?” “It’s raining” “I like your shoes.”

Busy with my own day, I used to be bothered by such inane conversation. It seemed superficial and hollow, lacking the substance I deemed worthy of true conversation. True conversation, I defined as something that would allow for a profound connection; human-to-human. However, I have come to realize that the very essence of my thinking was flawed.

Such “inane” verbalizations are, in fact, what bring us together. I have come to understand that it isn’t what is being said as much as it is the being said in itself. The act of stopping to speak with whomever (be it stranger, friend, or loved one) is a means of bridging emotional gaps in our society. In fact, the only justification for the communities we live in is validated by the possibility of communication—the connections we draw to those around us.

I have grown to enjoy the unsolicited opinions of strangers in passing (“I like your hair”) or the quasi-sophomoric babble of friends at the dinner table (“How many olives do you think I can fit in my mouth?!”). I know I have made a genuine friendship when “talking about nothing” leads to five-hour conversations.

In my discovery, I have found that life is an amalgamation of insignificant conversation. Confounding, it is through those conversations that life’s significance is found.

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