Today a usual half-smile, polite “how-are-you” exchange with a coworker became an enthusiastic, wide-smiled “Hi!!” And it was awesome.
What changed? We still sit 15 offices away from each other, in completely separate departments, with entirely different daily routines. Answer: we both attended a voluntary work function last evening. It was just a couple hours and a few shared laughs, and now we’re no longer strangers.
Human connection is mysterious, incredible, a truly powerful positive force.
I often like to think about someone who is incredibly special to me in this very moment and think back to when we were strangers. Initial impressions to first conversations to inside jokes and time spent together enjoying mutual interests. And now it may be the case that we can’t imagine when they weren’t a part of our lives. It reminds me of a quote by C.S. Lewis: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
Now not everyone we meet becomes a close friend, but that simple transition from strangers to two people who cheerfully greet one another is still amazing. Previous judgements fade, smiles are brighter, spirits lifted even just for a moment.
Like I said, human connection is a positive force. And we have the power to use it for good. Any time, any day, anywhere. It’s almost too fitting that it’s May 4th – Star Wars Day. May the force be with you, today as well as each day ahead.