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?
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.