Good, I hope to attend some TLMs while there. If I go to Mass alone (my brother is atheist), then I'll go to the liturgy I prefer.
I'm glad you often mention the friendships you have made through CM, Dawn! That is a blessing, isn't it? That's how I feel about the friends I've made from the couple of CM events I've organized.
I do strike up conversations with strangers, depending on
the situation. If I see someone feeling
uncomfortable in a particular social setting, I'll go and chat so he or she
won't feel out of place. I might ask
something of someone in a store. But I
don't initiate it too often anymore. The
strike-outs (the couple of times I saw that the person did not want to talk
with me) shamed me into timidity.
However, I think I am polite and warm with those who come up and chat
with me. Except for the scammers in
grocery store parking lots who wander over to beg a few dollars.
Unfortunately the scammers and rude people do tend to sap courage out of many of us. I like to believe they will be accountable to Jesus for their lack of hospitality. I try to brush if off, not taking it all personally. It can't be personal, after all; they don't personally know me and have rejected me.
I think a part of growing is to get out of our comfort zone once in a while so I have been working on being approachable.
I think the easiest way to set someone at ease is to find some compliment about them, the setting or the day in general. It's pretty fun to make people smile!
But then, nearly everyone seems like a stranger to me, because I have a terrible memory for faces. Can't tell you how many times I've introduced myself to someone only to find that she and I have worked on five or six projects before, or sat next to each other at a social event the previous week.
Great post, Dawn.