Yesterday, I had a sudden realization that many of my human interactions lacked real connection.
Most of us are constantly on our phones, myself included. But I’m actually not talking about being distracted by electronics, although that’s a whole other problem.
I noticed my lack of connection in the simple, automatic, in between moments – most noteably, anytime I’m paying for something. Especially if it’s something quick like coffee or groceries. I realized most of the time I’m just kind of running on auto. I’m good. How are you? Swipe card. Here’s your receipt – have a great day. Thanks, you too!
The interactions are pleasant, but not present. Too often, I don’t look them in the eye and take genuine interest in them. That doesn’t mean I have to get their life story, it just means I need to pay attention…
Now, I’m not always a brain dead zombie. I do have great, connected interactions from time to time. They’re just not as common as they should be!
It made me think about how many opportunities we have to infuse a little kindness and happiness into someone else’s day.
+ Make eye contact with the checker and ask how their day is going with genuine interest.
+ Say hi to the people we pass when we take a walk.
+ Offer to take a photo of the couple trying to take a selfie in front of the sunset.
+ Ask the mail man how his route has been that day.
+ Wave to the neighbor and wish them a great day.
We have so many opportunities to put good into the world. It’s easy to get lost in our own worlds and block out everything else. I’m challenging myself to look up and really see people for the rest of the week – to do what I can to make people’s day better.
Photos by Crystalin Marie
BCBG blazer (old) | Gap jeans | J.Crew tank