Talk to Strangers

Living in a large city, I have the opportunity to come into contact with multiple people daily.

Some of the best advice that I learned when moving to a new place was “talk to strangers.” A simple rule we were told to follow when younger–reversed.  Since it’s the holidays, just think of each person as a gift waiting to be opened and understood.

The difference a small interaction makes in day-to-day life: a simple smile, a hello, a happy holidays transmitted from one being to the next.

Today’s ride on the bus opened me up to this realization: the joy that a random person you meet (but may never see again) can give you.  Usually on the bus, I try to keep to myself, sometimes pretending to be preoccupied as I look onto my fellow bus riders. Today with a sneeze and a “bless you” a conversation and a smile followed.

If I just talked to one stranger, that would just be a normal day. But getting to know my doctor and a delightful conversation with a 15 month old (with pretty pink sandals and stripped pants) make you realize that each person has their own charm.

So throw out your ideals.  One who was once a stranger, may become the best friend.

say hello



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kenny
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 05:40:54

    Really enjoyed.


  2. maxmichel
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 06:50:24

    I really agree with you. Talking, or even just smiling, to strangers can be really uplifting. It’s too bad that people in big cities don’t do it more often. I actually wrote something similar about it:


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