I spent part of my morning prepping for the blizzard heading our way. While some people dread storms, I love the snow. Everything seems so peaceful in the snow, and it looks so pretty. Of course, I am saying this before the storm has arrived, so ask me how I feel in a couple of days.
While out running errands, I realized that there’s another thing I love about the snow – the way it brings people together. Even as I stood in lines, people were moving at a slower pace, not as frustrated by the long lines. People were chatting with each other, making jokes about stocking up on bread, milk, and, of course, beer. And I realized that there is this human need to have ways of connecting, things that bring us together and give us easy ways to relate to each other. And nothing does that better than a big event, like a storm.
Usually, we go about our lives with our heads down, avoiding making eye contact, not getting too involved with others. I think people assume they don’t have things in common, that they don’t have ways of relating to others (or that others can’t relate to them). But when we slow down and take the time to stop and chat with others, we often will realize we have more in common than we think. So, blizzard or not, let’s make a conscious effort to say hi to others, to start a conversation. And let’s look people in the eye, and say hello. Let’s make the effort to really connect.
The snow has begun, I have the essentials (see above), and my family and I are safely at home. Stay safe and feel free to check in and say hi on my FaceBook page. I am sure others will be bored during the storm. I’ll post updated snow photos as I can!
If you have a story about connecting with others in an unexpected way, feel free to share below. I’d love to hear about it!