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Mindful interactions

Sowing SeedsEarly the other morning, there was a knock on our door. It was our neighbor offering to take away fallen tree branches from a violent thunderstorm the night before. I observed my initial feelings of surprise and quickly accepted. Although we have lived across the street from each other for some time, I realized we have not had any interaction beyond a friendly, “hello,” or wave. I enjoyed the brief time we spent collecting tree branches together. I also became aware that I have been missing out on developing relationships with interesting people just outside my doorstep.

Now as I write about this experience, I contemplate how this has happened. After each workday, I drive home, open my garage, drive in, and close my garage. I am enclosed in the sanctuary of my home. It’s easy to stay within its boundaries, closed off from my neighbors, my neighborhood, and my community. However, I am increasingly aware of my desire to foster relationships beyond my current social circle.

In the summer months, there is more opportunity to facilitate these interactions. People spend more time outside, working in their gardens or walking their dogs. A short conversation can lead to an invitation for a longer interaction. The small effort it takes to start the initial conversation can be well worth the time and energy.

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I love this! I often see other young families walking their kids close to the ages of mine past our house and I wonder if they live close by and I want to introduce myself. Perhaps they feel the same way but making that effort is the only thing holding us back. Of course they may not want to take things beyond a casual “hello” but how will I know if I don’t try? Thanks for the inspiration to give it a shot!

Posted by Kendra on 10 July 2013 @ 12pm

It is too easy to let opportunities pass us by. Sometimes I am held back by thoughts that I don’t want to be intrusive but when I consider how much I would appreciate someone starting a conversation with me, I am encouraged to say something. Let me know how it goes for you…

Posted by cindy on 10 July 2013 @ 12pm

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