You know those conversations where you're telling a story about something funny that's happened to you, or about an experience you've had, or even just something you did at the weekend? And then someone jumps in with an anecdote that totally upstages everything you've just said?
I was recently involved in a conversation like this, where Person 1 said about how they'd done a lot of washing at the weekend. Person 2 then chipped in with "Yeah, we did SEVEN loads" and completely turned the conversation around. After they left, Person 1 sighed and said "If you've been to Timbuktu, she's been to Timbuk-three".
Besides this being pretty damn hilarious, it also made me realise that I am definitely guilty of doing this. I think we all are, to an extent. We can be so keen to get involved in conversations that we jump all over the original story and detract attention away from the storyteller. Come on- we've all done it. When someone is talking about their upcoming holiday, and you then jump in with a hysterical anecdote about that time you found a lizard in your bed in Greece?
So I'm giving myself a mid-week-October-resolution to make a conscious effort not to do this. I'm going to listen more. It's fine to get involved in conversations, but I'm going to try really hard to make sure I don't stamp all over the conversation. Because God knows I find it so annoying when someone does it to me...