If you are a Quote of the Day subscriber, you know that I have had a heck of a weekend due to work. It has been a couple days wince I wrote anything here at the blog. Well, I am here to tell you that I am back 🙂
I received an email from Lucie who was prompted to write after receiving one of the quotes. In the email was some details about “meeting new people is sometimes hard for me, but it turns out that the vast majority of them are nice, even on the NYC buses!” I replied and in the reply it seemed as if I was writing a blog posting. So I will expand a little on that reply for everyone.
As a native NY-er myself (I was born and raised in midtown Manhattan), I can certainly relate to what Lucie is saying! As a general rule, always keep your guard up on the buses and especially the subways! 🙂 And keep in the back of your mind what your parents always told you, “Never talk to strangers.” This may not be the best advice for someone
grown up, and it is good to be weary and cognizant of with whom you are speaking.
Here is something to think about when you go about to meet new people. YOU have a lot to offer. If someone wants to get to know you and learn more about you, then they will become a new person as well. Each person can teach someone else something new. This may or may not be a formal teaching, but it will be something that somehow enhances one’s life. If this new person does not want to meet you, then it is their loss. Never take it personal when someone ‘rejects’ you – they simply are not ready to be a part of your life.
Likewise, people come and go into your life. They are here to help you learn the lessons you need to learn. You may or may not be ready to learn the lesson. This person may stick around in your life, or they may not. It is what it is.This is true for a casual meeting on the bus and even true if it turns out to be a long time friendship.
Let me be clear on something… I don’t
look at everyone I meet and ask myself, “What am I supposed to learn from this person?” I simply enjoy them for what they have to offer and realize that something will become of this.
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“And keep in the back of your mind what your parents always told you, “Never talk to strangers.” It reminds me when I first came to NYC in 1997 July, specially in Train, I felt to get to the corner of the car and not to be touch by anyone in that crowed. Now that crowed touched me how to get through and everybody is just like me trying to get through the day. I am Grateful to read Quote of the day and message everyday. Thanks Paul.