I’ve been called some flattering stuff in my day, but that one may take the cake.
The other night I was hosting some friends for dinner and lengthy conversation ensued. One of the facets of conversation was me fielding questions about how Tracy and I do and manage this or that as a married couple. These friends are younger and earlier in their relationship than Tracy and I, but on their way to getting married and eagerly committed to creating and maintaining a strong and delightful relationship, one that’s built to last.
Humbled and delighted was I to learn that they look to us as a role model of a married couple, and that the way that Tracy and I interact is something they aspire to.
So we riffed about anything and everything on their mind about the matter. I had the profound privilege of getting to play the role of guru, being asked questions about how we handle this or that and having my impromptu answers be heard with earnest curiosity.
It’s no secret that I love me doing some coaching: the opportunity to contribute to someone just by offering up questions to ponder, places to look, things to put attention on, and new perspectives to consider is just rad–super satisfying by itself and even personally enriching in the process (you just can’t coach about something without getting it yourself).
So this was that. We riffed about divvying up chores, communication and misunderstandings, love languages, job satisfaction, long term game plans, having shared goals and dreams, and so on. With every question I got I just directed my attention inside, listened for an answer without ego to muffle it, and spoke whatever popped into my head. It was fun and gave me a shiny and fresh appreciation for how Tracy and I roll.
By their reaction it looks like I gave them some useful things to chew on–a lot of ahas, a lot of interest, a lot of inspired glances thrown about. The best was when she said at one point “Wow, you’re like the nerdy Dali Lama.”
Wow, what a fun title. I’ll take it.
Actually that was the second best. The best was when he suggested I should be giving a TED talk.
“Seriously, either in any of the philosophical stuff we’ve been talking about1, or from the stuff you write about on your business blog, you could totally come up with a talk worthy of a TED talk. I’ve got some friends who are organizing a TED event next Tuesday in Oregon. It’s short notice so probably not feasible, but something for you to consider.”
Something to consider indeed! I’m going to let Tuesday in Oregon go, but, dang–that fits in really nicely with my current game to become a famous nerd making massive contributions to the world.