Smile at strangers, look into their eyes, and say hello!
…I can’t see you sitting here at my laptop, but in my mind’s eye you are the person walking towards me with much on her mind. You seem in a hurry and a little preoccupied but I will do my best to catch your eye, smile and say hello. Maybe I’ll say, “Nice day!” Maybe I’ll get a reaction, nod of the head, or not. I might hold the door for you, offer to help load the groceries into your car, offer you the seat next to mine, or allow you to enter or exit a building before I do. My friendly attempt, even though you don’t know me, is to give you validation as a person, my fellow human being.
Perhaps this makes you uncomfortable or you’re too shy to look back at me, but that’s okay. Maybe you’re not used to being noticed, or perhaps you are mistrusting or scared, but I’ll smile and give you the courtesy of a “hello”.
What I’m guessing here in this chapter, is that greeting a total stranger and moving outside our comfort zone is part of the process of seeing our similarities with each and not our outward differences. Appearances can be deceiving and you “shouldn’t judge a book by its cover”, or so I’ve been told, so what’s the harm in a little twinkley eye contact and a warm hello?
This is one of the shortest chapters in our continuing adventure, but there is a purpose behind everything. Sometimes we have to do the work to find out what it is.
So give this your best effort this week. Look a stranger in the eye, smile and say hello, or hi, or beautiful morning…That’s it. That’s the Adventure Assignment for this week and don’t forget “The Butterfly Effect”!
The reward should be a happier you. Happier inside and out!