Why does it matter if I eat alone?
When it comes to eating lunch, many people treat it as a social event. However, there are also a bunch that choose to eat at their desk during work, or alone in their car. Just stop! I have recognized fairly recently that even if I bring a lunch, there is no reason to not have a lunch partner. This is another opportunity presenting itself for me to learn from someone else, or bounce around some ideas, or simply catch up on his, or her, life.
What do I do to eat?
Typically, I am the type to sit at my desk and eat. This is partly due to the fact that I devour my lunch very quickly. While I could be taking advantage of the rest of my break period to take a nice walk outside, I don’t. I could also use this walk to further good conversation with a friend or coworker, but I don’t do that either. The other day, though, I sat down with a coworker and we were discussing our five-year goals, and the multiple paths to reach them.
The conversation was very enjoyable, and before I knew it, lunch was over. These opportunities don’t seem to come often enough, but I am realizing that I am the one responsible for that. I could just as easily reach out to any of my colleagues and ask them to join me. After all, there are plenty of people at my office. For the longest time I kept telling myself that I don’t take much time to eat, so there is no need to make something of it.
Yeah but I talk to my colleagues all the time, I don’t necessarily need lunch for it.
Of course, but perhaps you should consider inviting someone you don’t talk to frequently. I got some of this idea from the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. Each lunch could be an opportunity to learn something new about someone, or to learn something new about yourself. I definitely enjoy my opportunities for personal and professional growth. Naturally, this idea resonates with me.
What are you asking me to do?
I would like you to pledge that you are going to start by inviting someone that you don’t speak with frequently, to lunch. You can start off small and reach out to Paul in Finance, or Serena in HR. Just tell them you’d like to chat with them and see how they are doing. Be present and enjoy what life throws your way!