I have two dogs, a standard poodle and a toy poodle, “Mango” and “Smoothie” don’t ask me about their names… that’s a story for another day and nor are they my password.
The point is the little one “Smoothie” is an identical but ‘shrunken’ version of the big one “Mango” they are a very cute combination. Whenever you walk these dogs someone will stop you for a chat, initially about the dogs. The conversations are beautiful, always uplifting and always put a smile on my face.
These spontaneous conversations make me feel connected to humankind, so refreshing when technology although meant to connect us seems to isolate us more instead.
It got me thinking, we could all do with a ‘dog’ icebreaker to help us feel more connected.
Now, I know not everyone is into dogs so hear me out…
I remember an old friend of my mothers’ use to make her own hats. As a young teenager I thought these hats were … well, to be polite, these hats were pretty ‘out there’ I thought she was quite mad, but thinking about it now, these hats were more than a hat, they were a connector for her in society. Mum and I often saw her in the street chatting away to one person or another and these conversations always seem to start over her hats.
Feeling connected in this world is vital for our good mental health, maybe it’s time to think about what your ‘dog/hat’ icebreaker could be and start savouring these fabulous spontaneous conversations.