“Don’t knock the weather: nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”
– Kin Hubbard
I love this quote! I know there are people who think talking about the weather is trivial, trite and superficial. But I see talking about the weather as a door opener. It gets people talking about something. Talking about the weather might lead to “how are you doing?” After awhile of “fine” you might get an answer that goes a little deeper like “I’ve been sick.” Or maybe something like, “I’m so happy right now, my kids are coming to visit.” Both lead to conversation that lets you get to know the person a little better. It may take years to get to a deeper level, but building relationships takes time.
So go out there and start talking about the weather. You might be surprised where it leads you.
“A great many people (not you) do now seem to think that the mere state of being worried is in itself meritorious. I don’t think it is. We must, if it so happens, give our lives for others: but even while we’re doing it, I think we’re meant to enjoy Our Lord and, in Him, our friends, our food, our sleep, our jokes, and the birds’ song and the frosty sunrise.” C. S. Lewis
“Send out a cheerful, positive greeting, and most of the time you will get back a cheerful, positive greeting. It’s also true that if you send out a negative greeting, you will, in most cases, get back a negative greeting.” Zig Ziglar