I was reminded today by a chance meeting, just how possible it is to not take chances when they arise, and how easy it is to miss someone or something that is happening right under your nose.
A stroll around Soho led to a chance meeting with an ex work colleague, she was looking up and out of a Humous bar that I happened to glance curiously into as I walked past. We embraced, chatted and spoke of the randomness of our meeting.
This is not the first time this has happened, and i’m sure it will not be the last. This is largely thanks to living in the most media-centric city in the world and working in the media industry. It got me thinking though, how many times must we walk around our locale and miss people we know being in the same place at the same time, by seconds or the thickness of a wall?
How many times will you be walking one way down Oxford Street for someone you know to be walking in the opposite direction on the other side of the road? Who knows, but I bet it happens all the time.
I was reading the Power of Serendipitous Findability last week and this meeting couldn’t have come at a more obvious time.
The more people we connect with, be it through Twitter or all the other social networks that are out there, or actually meeting and forging ‘real’ relationships in the offline world, the greater the chance of getting involved with exciting projects or helping to develop an idea or thought pattern into something more tangible.
I guess that what I am trying to articulate is that you and I can never know enough people and once a contact is made, keeping that relationship fresh will benefit both of you in the long run. This is where technology can help us all to remain in touch and use these chance meetings for good.