If so, you may be more valuable to humanity than you think.
In a time of having more impersonal ways to communicate than ever; text messages, email, and social media, I wonder if we have lost the art of heartfelt, genuine, spontaneous conversation.
You know, the kind that opens a door for others to share their joys and/or their sorrows.
Judging from the random conversations Iíve had lately with complete strangers, I am beginning to suspect we aren't doing much real communicating at all.
Society seems to now have a hunger for face to face conversation. Perhaps the kind that is missing in many personal spheres.† No matter the length of time, most are willing to accept even brief ones. The amount of time doesnít seem to matter. But the quality of the conversation does. So much so now, they are willing to accept it from total strangers.
I've had some of the most personal conversations talking with people I donít know and will possibly never see again. I take advantage of those moments while at the grocery store, gas station or doctor's appointment.
A simple hello or a sincere compliment is usually the lead in. And from that they are usually shocked someone actually took the time to speak or even noticed them. Happily, many take the opportunity to partake in what may be the only real conversation they will have all day.
Why do I believe these moments happen to me?† Maybe itís because I enjoy the occasion to be friendly and approachable. One of the main reasons I choose this way of living is I always keep the following scripture in my heart and mind;
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 NIV
While lending a sympathetic ear to a stranger you can never know how you may be affecting that person's life. Or who that person may be. Their horrible day may have been turned around simply by your smile or kind words.
Often these chance occasions have allowed me to hear some very heart breaking things. I will then be bold enough and go a little further by asking if I could pray with and for that person on the spot. No one has told me no yet.
If each of us took the chance on being a little more approachable and friendly imagine how much of a difference we could make in this world .
I personally believe we could make a lot of difference and for that crazy reason, I ask God daily to help me be and stay approachable and show myself friendly even to strangers and protect me along the way.
Let me warn you, this attitude and way of living can be highly addictive. You may find yourself specifically looking for someone who may need a smile or a warm compliment each and every time you venture out to the grocery store, gas station, or what have you. The reason it becomes so addictive is the because of the feeling you get in giving of one's self. The feeling that says you may have made someone's day. That feeling is escalated when they take a few moments and tell you that is exactly what you did.
On the other hand, you may even receive a needed word yourself.
Sonja Burketh, Inspirational Speaker and Writer
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