Every single one of us is guilty of having this conversation multiple times a day:
"Hey, how are you?"
And that's the end.
And there's nothing wrong with being polite and asking people how they are. But this pre-programmed answer and response allows for us to make no connection what-so-ever with the person we're talking to. What would happen if someone was maybe a little honest and said, "I'm not having a great day today"? If I'm being honest, I would probably automatically say "good" at first and then realize what they said after they've already left.
I didn't notice that we all did this until recently. I began to realize that with the majority of people in my life, I wasn't having any real conversations. Unintentionally, we're showing each other that we could really care less about how each other's days were going, how we are feeling or what we are thinking.
And that really bothers me, because that's not how I feel at all. I want to know how you're feeling and what you're thinking. In fact, I would consider it a passion in my life to know what people are thinking. Everyone is so fascinating and I just want to soak in everyone's stories. Because of this, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to have more real conversations with people and to eliminate the "Good" Conversation.