Why I’m Resolving To Say Hi To More People in The Grocery Store

Opportunities for connection present themselves every day, many days more than once. An acquaintance walking on the other side of the street; a co-worker at the opposite end of the frozen food aisle; a congregant walking, slowly, to the same place you’re hurriedly heading.

I’m in a rush. I’m not up for a conversation right now. I’m afraid they won’t recognize me and I’ll embarrass myself.

But these fleeting opportunities to make a connection, to share some positivity, even if just a smiling nod of the head, are worth the risk because they won’t come again. This moment right here is a rock for adding to the structure of human community. It has a particular shape and weight suited for just this moment. If I let it drop, it will stay there for good.

 

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