Maurice and John
"You guys radiate with calm and at the same time you are open and friendly.. I really enjoyed meeting you!"
How did they react?
Maurice: "Thank you!"
John: "Thanks! But you know, it's a two way street. Communicating is easier when the other side reflects openness.."
How did I feel?
Have you ever liked someone instantly? First eye contact, and you knew. Right?
That's what happened with Maurice and John. They were waltzing down Pannierstraße on a Sunday morning when I stopped them. My friend wanted a cigarette so I said: "Do you smoke?" They looked at me, both of them, and had that smile in their eyes. Yes, they could help the nicotine craving. While my friend rolled his butt Maurice and John became our breakfast table neighbors. Overhearing bits of their conversation I was lucky to catch their grounded and pleasant vibe. When the four of us chatted later I found out that John (on the left) is from Tel Aviv and Maurice originally from the Ruhrpott. They didn't mind sharing pieces of their stories- but it was less the words and rather their overall being that put a smile on my face.
My friend and I left, then suddenly, I stopped and said: "These guys are my candidates!" I went back and told them. They proved my gut feeling right once more: Maurice's face lit up and his eyes grew wide. His "thank you." was a true I am feeling what you shared with me and it feels nice kind of thank you. The compliment went from heart to heart. When that happens it is ultimate pleasure. As is getting one back which happened with John.
I left, feeling connected, happy and in love with this project.
Thanks for making me feel this way, Maurice and John!