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Snacking on watermelon during mild weather this fall, I reflected on the deliciousness from eating in the middle of watermelon. The delightful taste was immediate and consistent throughout the central region of the watermelon. Then, as most people have experienced, progressing toward the rind meant the watermelon’s flavor rapidly dropped off. The disappearance of pleasing flavor was even faster than the hardening of texture of the watermelon.
The greatest flavor occurred early during the eating. Looking at this sensation as activity under review, without stepping backward into preparation and acquisition of the watermelon for enjoyment, I perceived this pattern of reward as different. Whereas typical efforts build toward a climax or plateau, fulfillment from the watermelon instead sloped down from early success.
Analogizing from this watermelon pattern, I considered whether some relationships may benefit from a check at an intermediate level of trust, confidence, or intimacy. This intermediate intimacy, as reference for current discussion, exists between high and low levels of comfort with another person. A high level of trust exists for people with whom we are comfortable continuing to develop a relationship into our inner circle. In contrast, a low level of confidence exists for a person we decide is better left alone or opposite to our position.
In the intermediacy, we may quickly experience mutual interest and helpfulness with another person. The modest interactions are enjoyable and worth repeating. A key signal from the watermelon pattern is whether a step toward further depth in the relationship proves unfulfilling and somewhat diminishes the overall enjoyment with the other person. If so, a view of networking from a watermelon perspective may encourage embracing intermediacy in the relationship.
Some relationships for some duration may have greatest mutual benefit through intermediacy. This perspective may prove healthy by relieving expectations of perpetual advancement with every positive relationship.
Text Copyright © 2013 Bob Brill