Lara Nieberding

The Purple Lara

Accidental Relationships…

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Who recommended:  Lynne Waymon


What I am reading:  Make Your Contacts Count (Networking Know-How For Business and Career Success) by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon


Where in the book: page 39


Why I am reading: Learning how to network. Cause believe me, I have no CLUE!


Which quote: “Develop your relationships-Six Stages-Accidents: You are thrown together for some period of time. So you talk to each other.”


How this quote adjusted my thinking:      

In the media I hear over and over “I am one of those people who believes everything happens for a reason.”  I ponder this.  Is that true?  Is there REALLY a reason for everything?  I contemplate all the “accidental” relationships I have had. I think about the co-workers I have worked with for the handful of jobs for which I have been employed. Whatever happened to all the customers I worked with?


I remember the time I worked at an art store.  A large man of an ethnicity and economic status very different from my own walked in a slow lumbering heavy footed step into the store.  I smiled warmly. I asked him how he was doing.  He spoke haltingly each word a stutter.  I walked with him around the store showing him the different supplies he requested.  He thanked me for my patience as he left.  Now, I ask you, what was the “reason” for that exchange?  To me it was a moment in time. A clerk helping a customer. Nothing more. Nothing less.


Although, I wonder what happened to him?  Has he passed away? Is his art work fetching millions of dollars?

Written by The Purple Lara

March 27, 2008 at 9:29 AM

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