Today we are going to talk about #8 on our list of things we should say more often.
Hello, person I’ve never met before! Here’s a high-five!
Sometimes we need to put ourselves out there to meet new people. We don’t know how it will go and that can be scary. Choose to put yourself out there anyway. When you do, just go for it. Be friendly, be funny, be energetic. Even give them a high-five or a fist bump. Most people will love your courage to be outgoing. Sometimes you will meet someone who is put off by that, but if they are, you are best off finding that out right away. That person who takes offense to your friendly greeting is probably not a person you want to be friends with anyway.
God commands us to love our brothers and sisters here on earth. That includes family and friends. It also includes strangers. That means people that we do not know. Be willing to put yourself out there because you never know when you will meet someone who could become one of your best friends. And if you do, you want your first encounter with that person to be memorable so that years from now, you both can look back on how you met and smile and maybe even laugh. Those are the moments that make life worth living.
Our assignment this week is to approach at least one stranger and start a conversation with them. Get to know a little bit about them. If you feel really brave, go ahead and give them a high-five. People are not as scary as they might seem at first. Putting yourself out there can really lead to some great things down the road. Who knows, you may even end up getting a corn dog out of the deal someday. That would definitely make it worth it because everyone loves corn dogs.