"Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence."
Written in Tales of a Wayside Inn, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1863.
We meet briefly, shining our light on one another to exchange a few words. Then, we often drift back into a sea of faceless travellers - rarely to be seen again. So, when we use personal stories to engage our listeners, the challenge is to avoid becoming self-absorbed. 'Talking past' our audience makes us lose touch, gradually wearing away at the human connection that we were trying so hard to build - we become a drifter with a pale light.
~Raif Douthwaite & Eloïse Ashworth