I sat across from a young family on an airport shuttle. The almost three-year-old was taking her first flight on her first visit to Disneyworld. Her eyes were wide, taking in all the newness around her. She loosely held her small doll. Her eye caught the small bear peeking from my laptop case, and she exclaimed the news to her mom. She had found someone who had a toy, like her.
Our conversation began. I introduced my travelling companion, a small polar bear – Polar Pop – given to me by my youngest daughter. He travels with me on all overnight trips. The young girl shared her doll with me and told me she was going to see Winnie the Pooh. Since Winnie is a personal and family favorite, we shared excitement.
When we find something familiar in the unfamiliar, it energizes us and ignites the possibilities of connection. I enjoyed my five-minute friendship and thoughts of my young friend’s probable enjoyment over the next several days.
We can find something in common with every person we encounter. Our common ground spurs discussion and friendship. Besides family, the people in your life were stangers at some point before becoming acquaintances and friends.
In order to connect, you must pay attention. You must notice details around you. We can get accustomed to our personal space bubbles and lose sensitivity to the connection potential around us. It took a young girl with eyes wide open to details to pop my bubble. I’m so glad she did.
Consider the bubble around you.
How does it affect what you see and what details you notice?
How does it affect your clarity of sound?
How does it affect your sensitivity to touch?
Are you using the bubble to shield yourself? What are you missing in the meantime?
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25