It’s been a weekend filled with interaction, just simple conversations with a number of people I never met before, just because they, and I, were in the right place at the right time.
Like Clive the retired SAP guru, now caring for his disabled wife, who I met while out delivering a letter that had come to my address by mistake. Or the chap from Stafford, who transports potatoes from France to the UK and who was interested in the new Twin Sails Bridge being built in Poole, while we waited for the old bridge to close. Even the couple who were walking their daughters dog in Hamworthy Park and wanted to chat about everything from being Polish immigrants 50 years ago, to how much they loved being grandparents and having time to enjoy them now they were retired.
When we interact with others with true sincerity, the other person will, more often than not, come to respect and value our own character. And this is all the more so when our actions are based on prayer.
Conversely, holding others in contempt only leads to being held in contempt ourselves. One whose life is tainted by feelings of hate towards others will come to be reviled by those they detest.
Let us open the path to mutual respect and harmonious coexistence, so as to bring an end to the vicious circle that has long been part of human destiny. This surely is a major part of our Human Revolution.
I thoroughly enjoyed my impromptu conversations, accepting these people at face value. Interactions are the spice that gives our lives flavour, so take time to talk to a stranger soon.