I find it amazing that I never caught on to those little “insignificant” conversations before going on my trip. I think it might have been because I had learned to tune out all useless gossip, but now that I can see why people are doing it and what effect it’s having, every single conversation has become a reminder.

Like you, it really forces me to look inward and evaluate my own conversations. I’ve already caught myself holding my tongue when I know I’m about to start a conversation about something that will end with absolutely nothing valuable exchanged. I also feel like I’ve had a lot more meaningful conversations just in the first week of being back.

Thank you for sharing, Christy!