“Basic human contact – the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words – is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you’re feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can.” Martha Beck
I feel so blessed. Over the last week or so, I’ve met some new and interesting people, through many different situations.
To start, I joined the Toastmaster’s speaking club in Grand Blanc. Although I was late because I had some trouble finding the meeting place, a lovely lady named Alene saw me peeking into the room and motioned for me to come in and sit next to her. Feeling very much like the new kid, I gratefully accepted her offer. The other folks I met that evening were just as nice and accepting as Alene, which gives me great hope for making some new friends through this club.
Later in the week, as I was walking toward my credit union to get some cash, a lady pointed at me and said “You walk with the brown dog“. She introduced herself as Nancy and went on to tell me that she’s been watching me walk for years. She remarked how she loved seeing me smile and wave to her as I walked past. My heart sang when she remarked “You always look so happy. I wanted you to know how much I really appreciate that“. Then she went on to say she’d like to walk with me one of these days. I told her that would be a wonderful idea and gave her my business card. There’s another new potential friendship to look forward to.
Finally, this weekend I attended the first annual writer’s conference in Flint put on by my friend Cynthia Hatcher of the Writer’s Society of Genessee County, Cynthia did a great job bringing in some amazing speakers who shared their knowledge and expertise, to help to stir up the creative juices in all of us. I especially enjoyed Cheryl Pullins’ talk on branding yourself as a writer. She gave us some handy tips about finding our authentic voice and embracing our quirky as we share our gifts with the people who need our stories. (Remember, your awesome needs an avenue). I was so glad to see Cynthia again, and I’m so blessed to have met some new, budding writers at her conference. It was a wonderful experience.
And although I haven’t met him yet, I went to St. Joseph’s community open house for their new South Tower recovery wing and dropped off a You’re the Boat book for Tyrone Andrews, the head of marketing. After reading about their new Healing Arts Program and seeing the shape and theme of the new facility is a boat (yes, really) I just had to take a chance. I talked to probably half a dozen people before finding someone who knew Mr. Andrews would be the right person to talk with. I’m looking forward to hearing from Mr. Andrews very soon.
The energy that came from meeting all of these new people feels absolutely brilliant and immense. I can’t begin to tell you how lucky I feel to have met each and every one of them.
As you go out into the world this week, focus on recognizing the energy that comes from engaging with new people. Like a breath of fresh air, new relationships can help to fill your sails.
So, are you looking forward to meeting anyone new, my friendly blog reader?
Are you putting yourself in contact with any fresh faces?
I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
p.s. This Thursday is the Drop the Drama to Find the Flow class at the I-TEC building at 7pm at the Middle School on Ortonville rd. Look over on the right —> for more information. I really hope to see you there!