Yesterday, we talked about sharing a piece of yourself with others. Now how about sharing something with a total stranger?
A Stranger is Just Someone You Haven’t Met Yet
Most people are scared. Talk to a stranger?! For so many years now, a good chunk of American society has fallen prey to sensationalist media. They watch the nightly news which is 60 minutes long and consists of 20 minutes of commercials, 35 minutes of killings, murders, war, terrorism and rapings, 3 minutes of sports and MAYBE 2 minutes of positive, uplifting, humanitarian stories, if we are lucky.
As I am writing this, the NBA Finals game just finished up and the nightly news came on, here are the top 5 stories:
- Kid walks into a basketball arena and shoots multiple victims
- Senator John Edwards being sued for misappropriation of funds surrounding his mistress
- Shooting rampage in Arizona
- Multiple robberies and stabbing victims in New York
- Car crash kills 4 people
Not one uplifting story, not one story of victory, acclaim, humanity, nothing. Oh wait, a funny story that included officers shooting and killing… a concrete statue. Case. And. Point.
With all of this filling our heads, it is no wonder that we shelter ourselves from meeting new people to our own self-detriment. We get self-centered. We are too busy in our own lives to notice the people and the world around us. Typically, we want a pre-determined set of characteristics in common with someone else before we strike up conversation. Our kids know each other. Were fans of the same sports team. We both ride motorcycles…
What happened to just saying “Hi”?
Just the other day, while waiting at a coffee shop for our coffee, my nephew and I had our cameras on our shoulders, ready to head towards Manhattan for some exploration and shooting, when a fellow customer came in behind us and the 3 of us struck up a 5 minute conversation that covered topics from photography to travel, motorcycles to surfing. We left the coffee shop with a smile on our faces, a map for some great places to see in Little Italy on the lower east side.
How did this all take place? He walked in and said “Good mornin’ guys!”
Simple as that.
Day 3. Way 3. Meet a stranger. Say Hi. Maybe even smile. You would be surprised the power it holds.
Any good stories of meeting strangers?
Any advice for others on sharing a little hospitality and kindness?
Let me know about your experiences in the comments below!