Sunday, June 24, 2012

Conversation is Like a Wood Spoon in a Deep Pot of Hot Tomato Soup

I suppose everyone has an idea what a conversation with someone else is about.  You exchange words with the hope of conveying an idea for feeling.  Most people fail to grasp just how little information is actually conveyed during a typical conversation.  You think you understand what the other person is saying, but do you really? 

Conversations between two or more people with a similar experience about the subject matter have a greater chance to send or receive the message.  In some cases, just a few words, not even in a full sentence, can convey the meaning if the people involved are truly close.  Other times, the most eloquent speech, can be lost in the moment.  The speaker needs to have something to say and the received must be open to the message.

So when I say a conversation is like a wood spoon in a deep pot of hot tomato soup, here are the similarities I see.

·        Stir it slowly and the liquidity will mingle.
·        There is always some stuck to the sides that won’t mix in.
·        Stir too fast and you could get splashed and burnt.
·        Stir by just moving the bottom of the spoon and you create undercurrents.
·        Remove the spoon and the mix stagnates with more sticking to the sides.  As an outsider, you can taste the soup, but you could get burned.
·        Stop stirring and the soup stagnates.  What is the use of the spoon?  Some of the soup will get burnt.
·        Turn the heat up too high and you could get splashed and burnt.
·        Turn off the heat and the soup gets cold and distasteful.
·        Stick your finger in where it doesn’t belong and you get a red, bloodlike finger.
·        Break up the soup into smaller bowls and serve and you could start a conversation.
·        Cooking, chopping and cutting vegetables and tomatoes with an interesting conversation can be the start of a deep pot of hot tomato soup.
·        Stir slowly and the liquidity will mingle…