Too poetic? Could be, but it’s all too common for most to underestimate the power of a handshake and a hello. We’re often too carried away with the buzz of our day to day that we overlook an important aspect of being a person: interacting with other people.
Friends bring company, family brings love, and strangers bring a whole new story to tell.
The way I see it, you never know who you’ll meet.
I took the chance to shake a strangers hand at a conference a few years back, the same stranger who recently made the Hollywood round of American Idol. The professor that I took the time to keep in contact with is now the coolest boss I could ever ask for (seriously, he biked halfway across the country). Building the courage to talk to a few professionals has landed me two interviews at the creative agency of my dreams (no job yet, but we’re still hoping).
However, it’s the feeling of brotherhood that I admire from people, the building of a community. It’s knowing there are men and women in this world that will be there for others, it’s knowing that someone cared enough to make a expected interaction a bit more personal. While we can go at it alone, it’s always okay to ask for helping hand. What many fail to realize is that there will always be one, you just have to build the courage to ask for it.
Fortunately, I’ve had many great experiences I’ll remember for ever. The time I played night football in the snow with my friends, the time my buds and I took advantage of an all-you-can-eat deal at the local pizzeria and ordered 7 pizzas, or the times my family would just hang around on the weekends. But as great as these experiences were, it’s the people that I’ll remember and value as individuals and as friends. It’s these people that have made the difference in my professional life, who’ve made my college experience the best time of my life, and who’ve had a monumental role in shaping who I’ve become as an individual.
Take the chance to stop what you’re was doing, move over to that stranger, offer a hand, and say hello.