Being on vacation, I'm not around people I know. It's really easy for me just to mind my own business and keep to myself. But in the past few days, I've made contact with strangers in the following ways:
*Volunteering to return a shopping cart for a woman loading her car in the Wal Mart parking lot.
*Listening to an ESL woman coming out of Wal Mart asking for a "fire" to light her ciggy. Couldn't help her, but at least I tried.
*Tracking down the lady in the Christmas store and returning her umbrella, left on the floor when she went to look at other ornaments.
I don't mention these people to extol my good deeds, but to make a point. Last Saturday, Kat had a birthday. She celebrated by having a "Make a Difference" party, and encouraged people to volunteer to help others. Being in Florida, I felt I could do nothing, since I was in foreign territory (I know I could have done something, but I'm a chicken). So I did nothing on Saturday. But I've found out in the days following that there are opportunities to make a difference wherever I am.
These weren't big things, but maybe my small acts made a difference to those I met. I know it did to me. It helped me realize that there truly are no strangers - just people like me, waiting for that opportunity to make a difference.