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by Lisa Kartos
09/27/11
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How interesting, people have learned not to enjoy each other anymore. If you were the last human being on earth, all you would hope for would be to find one other being that looked like you around the next turn, just one! Somebody who acted like you, shared the same needs, someone you had the chance to connect with. And here we all are on God's earth, if not hating on each other, then only 'tolerating' each other's existence. We pass each other on the streets without a wave, ride the elevator with a judging or uninterested silence, cast our eyes down or the other way as someone passes us in a hallway.

I like to think that any given moment with any given person could serve a great purpose. Each person we meet in our journey of life has some amount of influence on us, whether a spouse impacting your entire course, or maybe a miniscule minute with some stranger advancing your mind and opinions even ever so slight. You never know what can happen if you just open yourself to the world around you a bit.

Just think, each person is a whole living creature, with his own intricacies, own methods, opinions, dreams, fears, strengths. A breathing, blood-pumping, sinewy, thinking, feeling entity; how precious! God has such immense love for every single human being. The way you protect your very best friend, with all the care in the world, wishing nothing but good on that person, that is how God protects every person you carelessly pass by, or the guy you blow off because he seems like a 'd-bag'. You can learn something from anybody you meet, if only open to it. And they from you.

And really, we are all in this together. We are all co-wandering around, surviving, trying to make a difference, or leave our stamp, figure out our existences, regardless of religion, career, living situation, race. We should have endless things to share with each other: as revolutionary as it may read, we are not worlds apart, but rather of the same world, made from the same Hand. The human spirit, the meat of every one of us, is the same genus, species, organism, whatever you want to call it.

When I'm out running or walking, unless deep in thought, I try to wave or smile at the person I'm encountering. And, more often than not, I can't even catch an eye of the other person. Many people are so closed off from those around themselves, and being plugged into their iPod or text-walking certainly doesn't help. I feel like we are missing the life experience, in that we are missing all the interesting artworks of people around us. Even out on a Friday night, everybody sticks to their own groups of two or six, like we are all back in middle school or something. Challenge yourself to talk to somebody new the next time you are around others, you'll either get a good story out of it, or be pleasantly surprised.

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