Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice

We often find it hard to settle into a new environment. Sometimes, we have no clue how to initiate the simplest of conversations. This is the kind of thing that keeps us from forming a meaningful relationship in our lives. Simply put, breaking the ice may seem like the most difficult job in the world!

So was it for the little rabbit that tried it and failed, yet it only took ONE word for him to break the ice!

There was a little rabbit living with his mum and dad. Although, the rabbit’s life was luxurious and he had everything he could dream of, he didn’t have the most precious of the things: FRIENDS.

Sure he could speak his heart with his parents and tell them the worries that lingered his mind. But he could never tell them his deepest, darkest desires. Nor did he have the courage to tell them about his fears. He strongly felt that he needed a confidant in his life to confide his feelings into.

It was not that he had never tried to talk to his school mates, but somehow, he always came up short and his efforts never paid off. Once, the squirrel that sat next to him needed a pencil and he had extended the extra one he had. The squirrel smiled and took the pencil but didn’t say a word.

But when you come to think of it, neither had he when he had offered the pencil to the squirrel.

He didn’t know why but every time he tried to talk to someone, he felt as if he had a lump in his throat. His mouth would go try and he would find himself just too nervous to say anything. This nervousness was not doing him any favors.

The next day when the rabbit returned to school, he waited impatiently for the squirrel. He felt even more nervous at the thought of talking to him. His face fell and he felt really sad that he couldn’t even make a friend.

His teacher, Mrs. Fox saw the look of sadness on his face and asked him, “What’s wrong, dear?”

The rabbit blinked furiously not knowing how exactly to tell Mrs. Fox what was wrong. He began nevertheless as she stood waiting for his answer. “I want to be friends with the squirrel. But I don’t know how….”

Mrs. Fox smiled kindly at him. After a moment she said, “Just say ‘Hi’, the rest will get figured out all by itself.”

At that moment the squirrel entered the classroom and approached their desk. The rabbit looked at Mrs. Fox who nodded encouragingly. He took a deep breath, smiled and turned to the squirrel. “Hi!”

The squirrel who was taking off his bag looked at the rabbit a full minute then smiled widely. “Hey, how are you?”

The rabbit stared. This was easy. “I am good, what about you?” He asked curious to listen to his reply. But just as the squirrel answered he realized this conversation was never difficult, all he ever needed to do was break the ice!


Moral: Break the ice! The rest will happen automatically… Life!   

You can use any of the following sentences as effective ice breakers!

“How are you doing today?” (Small Talk)

“Nice Earrings!” (Praises)

“Oh, did you hear about….” (News)

Try these and change your life forever!



A Selection of Meaningful Relationship Quotes

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one” ~ C.S. Lewis

“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” ~ Anthony Robbins


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