This is the story: ”two people exit a large building in the middle of summer around 5pm in some city. Both unaware of each other as they reach the main exit door. A courteous smile with an extended arm from the gentleman signalling the right to pass. This was followed by an automated nod of gratitude from the lady, then both dashed down the stairs to catch the first yellow taxi. Whilst waiting on the busy pavement, the gentleman looked up and mumbled something about the weather. The lady gave the man a quick glance, and confirmed the same.”
Lets pause here. How often do people, even ourselves talk about the weather? Mostly people we are unfamiliar with. Right? Or do we talk about our latest challenge in life, our dreams or how we are so unhappy with ourselves? Absolutely not. We talk about the weather because it is the perfect ‘ice’ breaker! Oscar Wilde said that “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
Where does this come from? How come we talk about the weather? Something we do not have any control of? Something thats beyond our own power and our own personal being? The answer is we all have something in common with the weather. We all share the same space with the weather. It is not a personal thing, it is a universal thing, that affects us all. It is the most neutral thing to talk about without giving away any of ourselves or any part of our busy lives.
A spokesperson said: ”You can’t go anywhere or do anything in Britain without someone talking about the weather and we’re almost proud of the fact that we get more rain than anywhere else.”
What happened with the two people that left the building? They eventually shared a taxi and after much concern about the weather, started talking about how worst the traffic in the city became…..the rest of the story is up to your own imagination.