Are you one of those people who “engages” others? You know, eyes forward and making contact with those folks who have their eyes up.
That’s a marvelous way to have fun and ,of course, learn.
After my early morning blogging fun, I went to the grocery store. Living in a small city, I recognize many people and come to feel that I know them. My first sight was a young man soliciting credit card applications for his bank. He was standing at the entrance. I shouted out to him,”Selling cookies?” When I reached him. We shared a laugh and he followed me into the store. As we walked in, I offered him an “opening line” that might be useful in engaging the next person.
“Did you know that it is International Women’s Day? That is a tidbit that you could use when opening a conversation with customers.”
He said,” Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks.”
The lady walking in behind us joined in. “I just found out about the event from an email this morning. My friend in Europe told me. It’s a BIG deal over there.”
Then the lady and I shared our dismay that the interest seemed low in the US and went about our shopping.
This happens often with me. Rarely, is “running to the store” uneventful or boring. I cannot seem to walk around without engaging people. There is a line between engaging and stalking though. A brief exchange is all anyone wants or has time for. I’ve had just a few instances where an especially lonely soul wanted to come to dinner! Thankfully, those are rare and an engaging person gets a sense about who to talk to after a while.
My point is all about taking an active interest in people and your day. It’s fun and makes for a fellowship in your community. I like friendly people.
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Ha, I thought this was going to be a an unrequited love tale!
This grocery store can almost be a social event…however there are times when I’d love to slip in and out; almost never happens. Funny thing is there is someone I know that I always run into at the store…varying days and times, still I see her almost every time; and I live in a large city with lots of groceries.
I hooked you…Ha!
You are so right about slipping in and out. I’m always in a rush too! Can’t resist engaging, though, so I am a “faster than average” shopper. You might say it is a superpower. That leaves time for small engagements 😉
Nice to have you stop in…
Which is why, on principle, I refuse to use the automated check-out at the grocery store. I would much rather say “Good morning” to a cashier!
I just know we’d “engage” on a chance encounter…thank-you friendly,friend.
Yep, my youngest daughter often complained that I would just talk to anyone, whether I knew them or not, as well. One more little thing you and I have in common. LoL
Have a happy time changing weekend.
Thanks Helen…are you sure we weren’t twins separated at birth? lol
As for the time change, it means more camping hours. Instead of a Saturday/Sunday affair, we will have enough daylight to make going up on Friday evening worth while.
❤ I'm looking forward to a computer free weekend!
I’m an engaging person too, but, unfortunately, I don’t get myself out in the public enough–gotta work on that…….
Who has time with kids around? Thanks!
I often get caught up talking to friends while I am out in the grocery stores or the local wal-mart.
When I’m leaving my workout, there are always people coming in without smiles on their faces. A cheery HI! or Good Morning! is all that’s needed to put a smile on their face. I love doing it… I hope it gives them a lift, and it makes me feel good too. I’m more shy than outgoing, so it’s something I’m working on. You make some very good points!
So happy to have your comment added to my post. Keep handing out those smiles, I know I will 🙂