Have you ever walked by someone and wanted to say hello, but they never look at you, or the moment just doesn't seem right, so you say nothing? Or sat in a coffee shop and wanted to just share a hello or send love to everyone sitting there? I've had the first example happen many times, and have now started having the second example happen all the time.
The first is easier to change...you can just say hello and smile anyway, even if the other person isn't ready for it. Now, maybe they are thinking about something, or might be dealing with something tough. We have to be mindful about these things. But we can't always be waiting for the other person to be the instigator of goodness either. So, I look for just a small moment to say hello anyway. I hope the other person does appreciate it anyway. Now, I did do this the other day, and had a woman who obviously had some tough issues in her life yell at me to leave her alone. Others who witnessed this laughed at her reaction, and mentioned she is just like that. I had to really tell myself not to laugh or have a bad reaction, but send a prayer instead.
The second example is what's been making me think, and leaves me wanting. And this wanting is to share love and a caring word with almost everybody I see, whether in a store or sitting here at the coffee shop. I guess our social norms are keeping me from just approaching people and sharing a kind word. I'm sad about this, because I think almost everyone could use a caring word. I'm trying to figure out how to share love and still be acceptable to others. And I'm not thinking about sharing God or trying to sway someone toward Jesus or anything. I just want to share a loving compliment, a smile or share a moment. Maybe it's fear of looking foolish (which happened when I went to share some teaching experiences with some younger teachers talking next to me and they smirked at me) or maybe I just don't know how to approach the moments yet. But I hope to find a way to share this kind of love.
I hope we are all trying to find ways to do this, and I am open to suggestions. We need to share more moments with each other. I pray about this, because it would bring more blessings to others. Let's at least try to improve on this.
Blessings to you all. XO