conversation is an engine

A lot can happen in a conversation

And if no one reaches back?

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What if we reach out and no one reaches back?

Please Say More.

Keep Reaching.

I pay a compliment with a silent expectation that it will return. I give a gift in the same way. When the word or gift does not return I am hurt, though I try to talk myself out of that response. After all, the gift is for the recipient, not the giver.

Why am I hurt? Maybe my intention was wrong. Maybe I was fishing for a compliment rather than simply wanting to give. Maybe I envisioned a more generous version of me, a me who gave without expecting something in return. But the reality was a more a needy version of me—someone eager for kudos.

Social media shares similarities with gift economies: both are about presenting a bit of work to someone else. We present something we value to others as a gift. Maybe the gift comes back, maybe it doesn’t. In our more generous moments…

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Written by kirkistan

February 5, 2018 at 10:01 am

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  1. I always read your writings and then wonder how you arrive at such sensible conclusions…..and I am always.pleased with your articles. Mom

    On Feb 5, 2018 10:03 AM, “conversation is an engine” wrote:

    kirkistan posted: “What if we reach out and no one reaches back?”

    Phyllis Livingston

    February 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm


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