Getting Into the Well

I’m terrible at leaving parties.

I can’t end a conversation in the middle. And the more I learn the deeper I want to go. That’s why saying goodbye really ends up being hello again; you can reel me in with a quick aside.

I don’t try to get as much as I can from people. I hold as much as they’re willing to give.

That threshold changes as the conversation unfolds, like the bottom of a well dropping down a few levels at a time, and before you know it, we’re both standing deep below the surface, closer to the core.

If you see me wandering around at a party, this is what I’m looking for. When I pick up the phone for a counseling session, this is where I’m going.

There’s no real trick to getting there, other than being interested, ego-less, and unafraid.

It all starts with Hello.

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