Recently, a friend was in town from London with a very tight work schedule, which meant we had minimal time to meet up. Still, our long-distance relationship is a priority, so we got creative. “I’ve got Thursday from 9 to 9:30 open—we could grab a coffee as we walk to my next meeting?” she asked half-joking. Given her logistics intersected my own commute to the office, I accepted the invitation.
The resulting meet-up was a boost in the middle of a busy work week. It also meant we had to succinct and specifics with the topics we chose to chat about.
That’s when my friend surprised me with a three-word question: “How’s your marriage?”
She could have said “how are you?” and left it up to chance that we’d have time to cover the important things (work, kids, our relationships), but time was of the essence. Instead, she got straight to the point. I loved it.