Sometimes I talk to people at random. Often they either ignore me or I may occasionally get a weak response. It’s just how I am. Last night I was in the market and there was a young man shopping with his small son. The boy was having a blast. The father, to his credit, was being very patient. As I was grabbing an item near them I remarked “this is the good stuff right here”. He asked me what I meant. I told him that this moment in time will be a great memory someday. I said to him that food shopping with my young kids was one of my favorite memories. He said, “Sometimes I wish it would go faster.”
I shook my head and politely said “Don’t wish for that, trust me.”
At that point, I knew I was verging on being the annoying old guy offering unsolicited advice. We all hate that guy, right?
Maybe, maybe not. Instead of dismissing me he stuck his hand out and thanked me for what I offered. He said, “I needed that.
It wasn’t an opinion, not a criticism, just a perspective.
I will continue to talk to strangers because I’ve always believed that sometimes we offer people exactly what they need at that moment.