Are you one of those people who “engages” others? You know, eyes forward and making contact with those folks who have their eyes up.
That’s a marvelous way to have fun and ,of course, learn.
After my early morning blogging fun, I went to the grocery store. Living in a small city, I recognize many people and come to feel that I know them. My first sight was a young man soliciting credit card applications for his bank. He was standing at the entrance. I shouted out to him,”Selling cookies?” When I reached him. We shared a laugh and he followed me into the store. As we walked in, I offered him an “opening line” that might be useful in engaging the next person.
“Did you know that it is International Women’s Day? That is a tidbit that you could use when opening a conversation with customers.”
He said,” Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks.”
The lady walking in behind us joined in. “I just found out about the event from an email this morning. My friend in Europe told me. It’s a BIG deal over there.”
Then the lady and I shared our dismay that the interest seemed low in the US and went about our shopping.
This happens often with me. Rarely, is “running to the store” uneventful or boring. I cannot seem to walk around without engaging people. There is a line between engaging and stalking though. A brief exchange is all anyone wants or has time for. I’ve had just a few instances where an especially lonely soul wanted to come to dinner! Thankfully, those are rare and an engaging person gets a sense about who to talk to after a while.
My point is all about taking an active interest in people and your day. It’s fun and makes for a fellowship in your community. I like friendly people.