Never Miss a Chance to Make Someone Happy

Today’s Prompt: It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?

There is a chance that some of the people that I meet everyday is carrying a burden, a problem, a disappointment, or merely having  a bad day. Why would I refuse them the chance to off-load?

I will feel honoured if anyone talks to me randomly on the bus, plane, train or coffee shop. Regardless of what they want to talk about, I will listen intently. They may talk about their lives, their families, their holidays, or possible that horrible boss that they have. It doesn’t matter. I will listen.

On the flip side, I could be the one who is in a foul mood. A conversation with a person who I do not know and would probably not see again could actually help lower my blood pressure and restore my calmness. Wouldn’t that be nice?

BUT…

It is also possible that they do not have the same beliefs and ideologies as I do, but heck, I am open to an intellectual debate. I know I will learn something from them, and they will learn something from me.

What about those ones who are close-minded, rude, or inappropriate? I will still talk to them. After all……discrimination and prejudice is learned.

 

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6 thoughts on “Never Miss a Chance to Make Someone Happy”

  1. Great insight. Read a daily inspiration recently about following a car going 20 mph below the posted speed limit, and the person following was going ballistic even though they were in no hurry to be anywhere. They were able to levitate in their mind to see inside the car in front of them to see an elderly couple that had just visited with their grandkids for the first time in months and were just overjoyed to be discussing it. That person lost all the hatred and animosity and was more than happy to just cruise behind the couple going forward.

    Seeing things from another’s perspective is very helpful, and sorry for such a long comment, it is just what your post put in my head and I thank you for that 🙂

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