TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Sheryl

4 Oct

Tonight’s post is dedicated to my dear friend Sheryl. We have been trying to see each other more often after this crazy, Covid year of isolation.

So we had dinner a few weeks ago and caught up over a meal in Downtown Boston at Eataly (yum!). Over dinner I shared the idea of The Promise 365 and some of the potential promises that I was considering and mulling over.

Sheryl is one of the most read and learned people I know, and she is always good for a mind meld to bounce ideas off of her incredibly intelligent brain.

I pondered my options:
Do I make a promise to exercise for a year? Or maybe to learn something new? Or try something new?

As we enjoyed our meal and discussed all the potential promises Sheryl lit up with a great idea.

“What if you connect with a new person each day for a year?” she casually said as if she didn’t see the bolt of lightning go through the air.

I immediately loved it and instinctively knew that it was THE PROMISE for Year 10. It was exactly what I had been craving, more human connection. BINGO!

Then Sheryl shared a study that she had read about in the New York Times. It was an article around the 36 Questions That Lead to Love and is based on work by Arthur Aron. The study covers 36 questions that help understand how to create closeness between people.

The questions are fantastic, the kind of get-to-know-you ice breakers that share insights into personal experience, values or dreams.

Questions like:

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Would you like to be famous? In what way?

I love these questions because they create connection between two people – and it’s scientifically proven – that mutual vulnerability creates closeness between two people.

So as we go about this year I will be asking some of these questions to you (and let’s see if it creates some more connection!)

For tonight, here’s the question of the night:

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

I can’t wait to find out your answers! (And, we may all owe this connection to Sheryl!). Thank you for the meaningful questions and brilliant inspiration.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

One Response to “TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Sheryl”

  1. Linda R Neff October 4, 2021 at 9:10 PM #

    A perfect day is made up of equal parts connection to heart, soul, mind, body, spirit, Mama Gaia, Father Sun and other souls on this journey. 💗💗💗

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