Don't under estimate a properly placed accessory. I was walking my dog Baxter and seemed to catch the eye of every person walking by, enjoyed a couple of conversations w/ a few of them. Had I been a solo dude minding my own business I would have never had these encounters. I'm thinking there is something to this.
Without Canine? Try these ideas:
- tie a balloon to your wrist
- carry a bouquet of flowers
- set your ring-tone to a Sade tune
all could be considered olive branches or gestures of openness to your fellow man, folks may think you a bit off your rocker but the second glance they give you may become a conversation worth a lifetime of perspective.
I was reminded recently the importance of embracing those around us, even when it can be difficult and uncomfortable. To ask questions and give each other a chance to respond.
5 days a week I share a train ride amongst hundreds of other people going in the same direction, all with goals, ambitions and mixed up insecurities. As I was reflecting on the ten year anniversary of 911, I remembered how for that moment, we all were on the same page, grieving and supporting one another. It is a good feeling to know your community has your back when a crisis hits. I want that feeling to continue, I want to make myself accessible and available moving forward into the next 10 years.
Maybe I should get one of those blinking buttons that reads:
'available to talk, let's share ideas & fun'
I'd make sure it had a picture of a flower or a bird on it, just to show I was a peaceful sort, I wouldn't want anyone to think I was a FreakAnature.