Okay, so I'm just easing into this. Since coming up with the idea, I've given it a lot of thought- introverts are pretty good at that. I think it would be great if eventually I could get to the point where I could comfortably (without freaking out the person) introduce myself and ask the individual if they wouldn't mind answering 3 to 5 questions. They would be like essay questions, broad in scope, and should do a pretty good job summing up the person. Something like this:
1) Describe your belief system and it's place in your life.
2) Describe your career path, where you've been, where you are, and where you hope it takes you.
3) What are the most meaningful relationships you've had, past and present, and how have they helped shape who you are today?
4) Describe your dreams, hopes, and goals for the future.
5) If you could share one story from your life with the world, be it happy, sad, funny, or miraculous, what would it be about and why would that be your choice.
Everyone has a story to tell! The problem is, when I think about introducing myself to someone who doesn't know me from Adam, asking them these questions, maybe even trying to solicit a photo- all within 10 or so minutes so I can post that information on the internet. . . . I can see that coming across as a little freaky.
I'll just start learn by learning someone's name- that's enough, and maybe ask them to come and visit OFC to see what it's about. If they are interested and willing to answer the questions above when they come visit the blog, we can all learn about someone in depth. If enough people become interested in both sharing and learning about other real folks here at OFC, then I would love to interview my future friends with the most intriguing stories and podcast it!
But there I go, getting carried away- at this point those are pipe dreams. I had countless opportunities over the weekend while shopping and playing fetch with my dog out by the lake. A really nice elderly couple stopped to watch Daisy running and catching her Frisbee and we made small talk for a few minutes, but I never asked their names. I've been kicking myself over that, and several other similar opportunities missed.
Baby steps. . . they may have been trapped behind a desk, but my first two acquaintences were met tonight! My wife and I went to our usual Monday night gym session at the community center. A nice young guy and gal (high school seniors maybe) were behind the counter working the front desk. I got up the guts to introduce myself, and now next time I see Evan or Julian, I can greet them by name. . . . and maybe point them toward OFC!