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.