Thanks Google, but not quite what I was looking for. (And I’ve done your last suggestion! Twice!)
I find it humorous how the Google algorithm tries to predict what I’m after. I mean, how can a computer really know what I’m going to say next? But they know. We all look for the same stuff supposedly. Sometimes they get it right, but when they get it wrong, they get it really wrong.
In my life and relationships, I’m a bit like Google’s predictive text. When someone is talking I’m already pondering what they will say next or what help they need. I like to believe I’m as clever as Google, able to predict with incredible accuracy what someone will say and be able to answer what they are after. Then I stuff it up, jump in and get it all wrong.
When I shut my mouth and listen, people get to where they need to go, often with very little of my help. I merely ask questions and follow them as they lead the dialogue.
We are all individuals, all searching for different things. We owe it to one another to listen and be attentive to the questions and ideas we discuss.
Predicting the next step in the conversation hinders all creativity and builds walls that stop us from communicating and sharing our deepest selves.
Let’s not be like Google, but relish the individuality we all bring, and go with the conversational flow.