If you are following this blog everyday - my friend Juliette had a great suggestion - Get a note pad or journal and each day write, "What did I learn today?" At the end of the month you will have 30 nuggets to share with others and remember yourselves when needed. I am starting mine today.
Well, it 9pm and I am determined to get this out today. I've been away from my computer all day so this may be short today. I have been to many stores today looking for a dress for my son's wedding. That is a story in itself, but I will stay focused on the task at hand.
I have to tell you I was so mad at myself for putting this challenge on the list. I normally am pretty outgoing and love talking to people but to tell you the truth I do get a little nervous approaching a stranger to talk to them. I think it is a rejection thing. So I'm not sure this was one of my best days but I will share what happened. The great thing about a challenge like this is each day will not always work as planned but we still learn from it.
I was at a local mall scurrying along in search of my dress, I was more aware of those around me than I normally am because I knew I needed to find a stranger to talk to - this was a good thing because it did make me observe and think about others. I was walking along when a saw an elderly gentleman who looked somewhat confused - I looked at him and he looked at me and I said, "Can I help you with anything?" He had very broken English and said something but I didn't understand so I smiled and said, 'I'm sorry can you repeat what you said." He then said a little slower, "I'm looking for lunch." It dawned on me he was looking for the food court, so I asked him if that was what her meant and he smiled and said, "Yes". So I told him how to get to the food court from where we were standing. He very graciously thanked me and when on his way. After he left I felt a little disappointed in myself...as I thought about our conversation I realized I should have gone a step further and walked with him to the food court. Well, like I said these things don't always turn out like we had hoped but I did learn something from it - although I was more observant of those around me I still was so wanting to get my stuff done that I didn't take time to think if there was more I should do. A good lesson to learn for the day and one I will keep in mind for next time.
Just for fun I've included a link to "how to start a conversation with a stranger" you never know when God will bring someone into your path to touch there life in some way:
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 (New International Version)
Tomorrow: clean one area of clutter in my home.