Editor’s Note: This post was written to be the first in a series of weekly posts under the ‘Saturday Coffee’ franchise. But I didn’t feel the franchise lived up to the potential, so I have discontinued it. All of the posts originally labeled as ‘Saturday Coffee’ can still be found under the appropriate categories.
Saturday Coffee? you ask yourself. What on earth is this?
Maybe a handful of you are even wondering, Where’s “The Big Question?” Or, if you haven’t visited for a while, maybe it’s, Where’s the “Saturday Six?”
If you’re asking those questions, I’d refer you to last Saturday’s post, which should explain things.
But in the meantime, pour yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat with me. I know it isn’t quite the same thing as finding a comfortable corner of your favorite coffee shop and having a face-to-face conversation with someone, but for bloggers and their readers, this is probably as close as it typically gets.
It has been more than two years since a friend of mine from my high school days, a great guy named Rick, passed away suddenly one morning while on his way to work.
There was no warning. It just happened.
He left behind a wife and two children, his parents, his brother, extended family and a legion of friends.
Many of those friends he’d never really met in person.
Rick was all about connecting people. He had a great love for coffee, so often his preferred way of connecting was sitting down face to face over coffee.
Two passions in one simple act.
Rick was what some people would call a social media guru. He had a knack for truly connecting with people, having conversations and passing on encouragement 140 characters at a time.
My friend Todd Vick, who I also met back in high school, wrote an article about Rick back in 2013 for Living Real magazine.
Todd wrote that Rick believed it was more important to listen than to simply be heard:
He would say, “If you share your story with me, and I share mine with you, then together we make a bigger and better story.”
It’s amazing how easy that kind of sharing is to do between two people over coffee.
It’s even more amazing how seldom we make time to do so with the people we’d really want to have that kind of sharing with.
It’s harder to do that on a blog versus sitting in the same place. But blogs can be places where a blogger can share things and where readers can respond and share things, too.