One Strand is Enough

I only have one thing in common with most people I know.  Which specific interest, appreciation, commitment, or passion it is varies, but it’s usually only one.  I looked around the parking lot when I arrived at the climbing gym today.  There were many hybrids, some vans and SUVs, as well as a smattering of sports-cars (an S2000, FC RX-7, STI, Z4).  I thought that climbing must appeal to a wide base of people.  Some would like it for the oneness with nature, others for the sport or strength aspects.  Someone who drives a Prius usually has very little in common with someone who drives a modified RX-7, but one commonality is enough to bring them together.

Outside of work, I wouldn’t know any of my co-workers.  Outside of church, I would be unlikely to know any of the same church people.  And of course, offline, I wouldn’t really know anyone.  Even if we like what we like for very different reasons, one connection is enough to build common ground.

I’m glad I don’t have everything in common with anyone else.  That variance is what opens my mind to new ideas, and is what keeps things interesting.

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One Strand is Enough