I’m switching hats. Pull up a soft lounger. Yes, the ones that the shrinks use. We’re going to have a little heart to heart. More or less, I’m going to share with you something I’ve been pondering as of late.
I remember Husby asking me on our 2nd date, “What do you think about when you’re alone?” It was quite the loaded question. And he continued,”Our thoughts when we’re alone, define what our true character is.”
Well, I’ve been thinking about strangers.
How do we treat the people we don’t know? Yes, people better known as strangers. The people we interact with on a daily basis but may never see again. Like the lady who slices your lunch meat. Or the guy in the car next to you jammin’ out to Bon Jovi. Or even the little girl who points at you while waiting for your Redbox to eject. All of them. How do we treat them?
I think too often we stick to ourselves. We think, “They don’t know me. I don’t know them. I’m doing my thing. And they’re doing theirs.” And then we stay silent and move on our way.
I’ve found the days that I’m REALLY happy (like more bouncy-bubbly than normal) are the days I treat strangers as friends. It doesn’t have to be deep or drawn out. It’s when we are genuinely happy. And genuinely care to make others happy.
It’s even harder when you don’t see the strangers. Maybe you just see their name. I’m referring to most of you. I see your names but I’ve never met most of you in the grocery store or walking with my pup. A name on a screen has very little meaning unless we realize there is a stranger’s face behind it. It matters how we treat the names. Is it slightly creepy that I visualize a face associated with your name? Don’t worry… words don’t describe your beauty.
This whole blogging thing has been quite the test, you guys. And it’s taking everything I’ve got. So why? Why do I do it? Because I’m genuinely trying to make my family and others (yes, even you) happy. Tee hee.
Of course there are always going to be those that find fault with my and your efforts…
Like, the lady at Target that I complimented and in return gave me a serious crusty (the kind that reeks of burnt toast). Just brushed it off with a smile. As Mom always said, “Kill ’em with kindness.”
But in the end I think our words & deeds rendered to those around us, says the very most about who we really are.
My goal today is to make it a REALLY happy day. And that means I need strangers. So? Come out, come out, wherever you are!
Boo! I guess I’ll start with you!
I’ve been meaning to tell you, my little stranger and friendly… I truly appreciate you! The fact that you come each day to see what we’re up to. That you take the time to tell me your feelings. That you’re sharing my family with yours. And for that I’m thankful.
Yup! Already feeling spunkier!
- The Ensemb
- Dress – H&M
- Jean Shirt – H&M
- Bangles – F21
- Watch – Michael Kors
- Necklace – Kismet
- Sunglasses – some Hair Salon in UT