The other day, I helped a gracious, beautiful older woman retrieve a cab after her shopping trip to the grocery store. While we waited for the cab to arrive, I had the honor of getting a glimpse into her life.
She was so eager and happy to share with me stories from her incredible life as a ballerina in Hollywood, passionate years as the wife of a scuba diver in Chile as well as her wonderful experiences in the local Santa Barbara area. I was truly fascinated and felt a deep connection with her when we found ourselves talking about spirituality, the creative energy flow and how it all translates into relationships over the course of one’s lifetime.
What profound interest we had in each others thoughts and opinions; and what pleasure it is to see the sparkle in someone’s eyes and the smile of contentment and happiness on their face. I was so glad to have taken a simple, and profound, ten minutes out of my day to enjoy the wonderful gift of giving the time and respect and courteous attention we all deserve. How sad our society does not share time and energy with strangers as we once used to!
How about enriching your life with a similar experience? Next time you rush to the dry cleaners, the car wash, or the mall, treat yourself to the incredible gift of giving yourself the time to meet someone in your very own community and get to know them closer. A few nice words and a smile can go a very long way!
Enrich your community and decide how you wish to live with your neighbors. You decide how you want to experience the beauty of your community and the people who reside in it. Being conscious and aware can change your day, your week, and maybe even your life. You never know who you may just start a conversation with!
With many blessings, smiles and an inviting hello.