A homeless person walked by me today while I was waiting to cross the street. The middle-aged man seemed downtrodden and road weary. He made a half-hearted remark about my dog as he came near us. I thanked him while smiling and looking him in the eye. We talked briefly about dog breeds and he shared with me how he used to raise Boxers.
Then, for perhaps the first time today, he smiled.
The entire interaction lasted only about 30 seconds. I believe we both walked away feeling more connected to the human race.
We often don’t see people for who they really are, instead seeing labels. In my heart, I was not talking to a homeless man – or to any kind of label. I was connecting with my fellow human being.
We are not labels.
That moment of connection on the street corner happened when I made the space for it. I didn’t ignore or brush off the man’s comment. By looking at him and smiling, I created a welcoming environment for him to share a tiny bit of his life- that he used to be a dog breeder.
An intentional moment is all that’s needed to connect human to human. You can touch another person just by taking the time. You can help a person step out from their gloom and into the sunshine.
My goal is to bring as many people out into the light as I can. I hope you will join me.
What can you do today to truly see and connect with your fellow human? Share your stories below.