Something that I’ve been working on is turning more of my casual encounters into something nicer by talking to people.
Last Friday my husband and I were sitting in a clinic waiting room, and a woman and her kids were waiting. I struck up a conversation about her finger injury, and we were off and chatting. She was a hoot! Then her kids joined in, and another guy waiting to see the doctor. We were all there for about an hour, but it didn’t seem so bad because we were laughing.
I chat more with the people who work at stores, there is now one woman who works at a local store that I talk to every time I come in. She’s hilarious too. Makes the shopping more personal.
Now, when I’m getting groceries, I look at people more. I smile, I make small talk, I compliment them on something they are wearing or their nails (people love compliments when they are sincere).
Something funny happens. People smile. They instantly become people instead of that funny thing that happens when we are all milling around trying not to look at each other.
I notice older women who put effort into their appearance and look so polished. I see heavy women who know how to dress for their figure, and people with gorgeous hands or feet. Most people have something nice about them.
The world looks different when you train yourself to see beauty, and not to allow yourself to only judge negatively. 4 months ago