It’s easy enough to forget what this little reminder tells you as you order something delicious from The Bread Company at 113 Walnut Street. Love really is everywhere – and I don’t mean in a weird, hug the next person you meet on the street sort of way. That could get you into serious trouble. I mean that more often than not, the people we run into want to be friendly and kind and good – but it’s less dangerous for the ego and less effort to be glum or to wear a face that says “Don’t bother, I don’t want to talk.” I used to call it my “train face” for commuting. Now it’s the small town version: “Let me steep in anonymity, please.”
Just yesterday I went to a Zumba fund-raiser for The Playhouse in West Orange, and the vibe there was so fun and open and joyful. Accepting. It was a similar feeling when I went into The Bread Company last week. The person behind the counter as well as the customers were into just being patient and interested and kind to each other. It seriously felt like a mini-vacation from the rushed, grumpy craziness we sometimes encounter as we follow our routines.
Give yourself a homework assignment to do something other today. Stop in at a different place for a coffee, slow down as you drive around town so you are able to safely stop for a pedestrian, force yourself to say a genuine “Good morning” to someone as you pass – with eye contact! Whatever. Maybe it’ll suck. And maybe it will make someone’s day. Either way, it’s worth it to expand our realities just a tad.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.