Monday, March 7, 2011

Time To Enjoy A Conversation

Before I begin talking about my experience, I must apologize for my tardiness. I received the scarf from Daphene over a week ago and haven’t had the chance to sit down and gather my thoughts about this experience. I run (well briskly walk) from one meeting, class, event or activity to another. It seems like these days I rarely have time to actually sit and enjoy a conversation with someone. With that being said, I have many different conversations with many different people all the time…the piece that is often missing is the pure enjoyment I receive from the conversation. I am constantly thinking about what I need to be doing next or what I forgot I needed to do that I just remembered. My goal for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf was to really listen and engage with to the women I was connected to.

I had a beautiful conversation with Daphene about her life as a new grad student and wife. She has such passion for working with others and I never really knew that about her. Daphene was an RA for my department but she never worked on my staff. We would say hello to each other in passing but our first real conversation was when she passed the scarf to me. It made me realize that I was missing out by not getting to know the other RAs in the department. I truly enjoyed our conversation and spending time with her. Thank you Daphene for reminding me to take a little extra time to get to know the students who aren’t on my staff.

I had an equally as beautiful conversation with Ione about her life in Columbus and her drive to Dayton every morning. Our lives are so different but I felt a connection with her and we probably could have spent most of the morning talking (if I didn’t have to run to a meeting). She drives an hour+ to work every morning and I literally have to walk through a door to get into my office. She has lived in Ohio her whole life and just received tenure from UD. I haven’t lived in the same place for longer than 4 years since I graduated High School and I am looking to move again in the next year or two. Like I said…very different but we still connected because the scarf. Thank you Ione for reminding to take time out of my crazy day to sit down and enjoy a conversation.

Rebecca S.

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