This morning I had a bit of a 'rest' day, whatever that really means. I had two major 'to do's.'
#1. Since I'm in Washington D.C. this week for meetings at the National Prayer Breakfast, I was told to GET A HAIRCUT. I know hair isn't that big of a deal to my fellow Durangoneons (people from Durango Colorado) but the rest of the world seems to keep this idea that your hair gives a first impression. My attitude: D.U.M. Who cares? But somewhere in this world people really do. So I popped into a barber shop here in D.C. down the road from my hotel, and had a young lady from China cut my hair.
I could've just told her to hurry up, and sit there in anonymity; but I took some time to get to know her. She told me about how she got to D.C., why she loved cutting hair, and then we got into how much she loved her family here in D.C. I heard a woman really share her deepest concern for her brother living in New York, her Mother and Father now growing old and getting sick, and how she worked to make sure she shouldered the responsibility of the family.
It didn't take much.
Just a smile and an interest.
When you stop to ask people how they are, most are willing to share life together.
After all, isn't that how we were created to be?
#2. My wonderful friend in Dallas Texas bought me a Christmas gift for this week, and I needed to get some shoes to match this impressive suit.
Again, for my friends in Durango this is going to sound ridiculous, but you can't wear snowboots with a suit. So I walked right into a small shoe shop down the road, and told the man inside I was in need for some good shoes to go with this incredible suit.
He tried to sell me some winged tips.
He went on to slipper like dress shoes.
Still not impressed.
Then we just started talking.
He told me how he lived in a political family and knew how to dress in these circumstances. He shared his work history, and then asked me what I did. When I told him about The KIVU Gap Year, he and I shared an hour just having fun as we searched for the perfect shoes.
I walked out knowing more about shoes than I ever though existed, but more importantly, I walked out with a new friend. "Come back and tell me how your meetings went. I'd love to hear some updates." he said as we shook hands to leave.
It doesn't really take anything but time.
Sure I could have gone to a faster barber and I certainly didn't need to spend an hour in the shoe store, but time is the currency we all have to give. Busy lives don't get us any closer to the end goal, they just keep us from enjoying the presence of others in our lives.
So today, STOP!!!!
Say hi to the people you're interacting with, and don't be afraid to share your life.
You might not get to check off everything on your list, but you'll be a whole lot richer than before you began the day.