I had a conversation with a good friend the other day and he made the suggestion that a good topic might be to ask people how hard it would be for them to stand in front of a mirror and ask "Do I like me?"
While at a meeting with the local writers guild last night (what an amazing group of people) I put the questions out there. The un-edited version of the question drew many laughs and some fun responses. Many people are hesitant to have a frank conversation like that with themselves and those that are, were quite comfortable with with answers even though those answers are not what you would expect many times!
Back to the topic at hand, by willingly approaching just about anyone and starting up a conversation, I have had some of the most meaningful conversations of my life! Isn't it surprising that some of the greatest quotes we have all heard are more true than we ever give them credit for?
"The only thing to fear is fear itself."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
So the question begs to be asked, why do we fear others or engaging others? Do they deserve our fear? Do we have any real need or justification for not engaging everyone as an equal. I'm not saying the we should all be extroverts, it's the many flavors and personality types out there that make all of this living thing more like art and fun than just being part of the herd.
No one has to try and be me and probably not recommended as the world may not be ready for that. Know though that you are exactly the individual you should be. Make the most of it and share with others the glorious you, that you are!
The end point or goal of this is, the only real fear is within. Not outside of us. People should be engaged. You will never know the marvelous conversations, relationships or wealth of perspectives to be had until you do!
May you love engaging others today! May you make a new meaningful conversation and friend this day. May you be the positive influence that someone else really needs.
Peace and mighty conversations to you and those you engage. ;D