I met an interesting guy the other day. The conversation was strictly business until we happened to make a connection. It turns out we both went to the same college back in New York. Of course I graduated 15 years ahead of himâ€¦ OK so it was a bit more than that even.
But thatâ€™s not my point.
You might think that, seeing as how our college is oriented toward the same fairly specialized industry that we work in, weâ€™d both run into fellow alumni fairly regularly.
Trust me, we donâ€™t.
For one thing our school is fairly small. And Savannah is a long ways from New York City, in more ways than one, if you know what I mean. There simply arenâ€™t very many of us in town. In fact, I only know of two at the moment, which is one more than I knew about last week.
But thatâ€™s not my point either.
It often amazes me how one little passing comment can lead to a bond with someone that you donâ€™t get most of the time. In this case I had previously dealt with someone else at his company so I naturally asked where the other person was (answer: promoted and relocated). A little more polite conversation with a fellow Yankee in the Deep South and up pops a bond out of nowhere.
Gorgeous is reading a book right now called, interestingly enough, Connecting by Larry Crabb. It must be good because sheâ€™s read big chunks of it to me. According to Amazon.com, Crabb wants us to
â€œadopt a groundbreaking, but biblical, approach to healing the deep wounds of the soul – an approach that centers around building intimate, healing mini-communities in our lives and churches.â€
Now Iâ€™m all about healing the deep wounds of the soul and all that. But I don’t see myself as that ambitious. Maybe its just that I would feel somewhat pretentious working toward something that monumental.
But I do know that I like it when I feel connected. Our church has a strong emphasis on small groups as well as our Sunday services. It is good to build those friendships, especially for folks like us who donâ€™t live near their families. Connecting seems to make folks feel better and enjoy life more.
Iâ€™ve assured Gorgeous that Iâ€™ll read the book when sheâ€™s done.
In the mean time Iâ€™ll just appreciate connections that I find in unexpected places.