Talking to Strangers

today is a new day

This morning I saw this on my Facebook page.  What an inspiring way to start off a new month.  It embodies everything that I am trying to promote!

  • You can start fresh and begin again, wipe the slate clean.
  • Today you can embrace kindness
  • Practice compassion
  • Stand up for justice
  • Talk to strangers
  • Ask for help
  • Offer hope
  • Listen with your whole heart
  • Work for the common good
  • Love well
  • YOU can be the change you wish to see in the world

It only takes one person to make a change.  Be that person!

Many of these things are not difficult.  My favorite one, yet the one I am probably the most uncomfortable with, is “talk to strangers”.  This seems ironic, since we are always warning our children to do the opposite. I read somewhere that, “every passing face on the street represents a story every bit as compelling and complicated as yours”.  This is so true.  It will go beyond my comfort zone, but, I am making it my personal goal to do this.  It should not be too hard.  I see new people all of the time.  It can start with a smile, a “hello”, or “how are you today”?   Tomorrow, I will begin, as I attend my first meeting of “The Maplewood Kindness Committee”.   I do not know anyone in the group, nor do I know what to expect, but as Will Rogers said, “Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet,” so I will go knowing no one but perhaps leave, making some new  friends in the process.

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