Statistics show humans meet more than eighty-thousand people in a lifetime. But what about the individuals with whom we do not interact? When we encounter a stranger, we have the capacity to introduce ourselves, and despite the simplicity of interacting, many of us choose not to.
Someone once taught me we are most likely to accomplish something if we commit to it within five seconds, otherwise the thought passes. In life, we instinctively focus on ourselves and frequently forget about those around us. Without a second thought, those who are unfamiliar to us become the easiest to ignore.
If we allow ourselves a moment to pause and reach out to those around us, we uncover the rich detail and color found far beyond the first few pages.
If we take a moment to pause, we can say, “Nice to meet you.”