I am a discreet person. There is something very soothing and liberating about being discreet. It saves you energy and allows you to focus on others.
I like to say hello to people in my neighborhood, the mailman and mailwoman, the kind waiter in the little cottage bar in the park next door (the kind ones are rare around here…), fish men and veggie guys in the grocery store where I do my daily shopping, mechanics who share the garage where my car is parked, the local Starbucks employees (where I live ‘local’ means almost every Starbucks, or 2 of 3 we have) and Gypsy beggars who operate regularly in front of the Starbuck’s terrace.
Oh yes, and the handsome concierge guys in uniforms working at the fancy hotel nearby .
If you imagine me being one of those grannies looking to kill time, desperate for some company, seeking the eye contact that gives them permission to start conversation… you are so wrong!
For one, I am not a granny… yet 🙂
For two, I am chasing time like most of you.
For three, ‘hello’ is not a conversation.
And then, I am simply looking for a connection. Not friendship, not company. Connection.
Connection is a very freeing and powerful experience. It happens naturally and spontaneously, lasts only a moment (in which I feel incredibly happy and alive), and rises from the core of my being. All I employ is my full presence, I give the person my full attention. Connection is an amazing energy booster! Try it, I promise it will make your day. But to be able to do it, you need to be master of your attention.
Do you know where your attention goes every night when you go to bed?
And every morning when you wake up?
If you don’t, you better get hold of your long lost sheep. Because it may as well be the most valuable resource you have to start living fully right now.
What does connection mean to you?