One of the personal development exercises we were set in the Conscious Growth Workshop was to do a random act of kindness for someone. I saw my opportunity as I was lining up to buy tickets to Cirque de Soleil – Ka with my lovely new friend from San Fransisco. An irritated female staff member was trying to get people organised and hustle the queue along. She looked like a challenging target, so I aimed for her!
I was well aware while approaching her that it was entirely possible that I was about to get punched in the face, but I walked up to her anyway and said, “Hi. I just want you to know that I really appreciate what you’re doing here, moving everyone along so quickly so we can all go about our day. I’d like to you offer you a hug, if you would like it.” I have to tell you, I was amazed at the change! She went from frowning and irritated to happy and gentle in second! She thanked me, gave me a huge hug, and we went our separate ways smiling.
Hugging random workers is not something I would ordinarily do in my day-to-day life, but it did make me realise something. It made me realise there are opportunites to connect with people all around, if we just open our eyes long enough to see them. You can make the effort to connect with someone at any time. Stop making excuses and use your power to go out and create the connections you want.
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